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Dengue on the rise

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, January 03, 2014

THE number of confirmed dengue cases in the Central Division alone has ballooned to 283 following an initial spike in cases last month.

At last count the Health Ministry confirmed 61 cases of dengue in the Central Division and this latest increase has prompted them to call for more action from the public to combat the disease.

Cases have also surfaced in the Western and Northern Division.

"As of November 1 to December 2013, 283 dengue positive cases have been recorded for the Central Division," said MOH media liaison officer Evlyn Mani.

"The Western Division has recorded 36 dengue positive cases and the Northern Division has recorded 11 dengue positive cases", said Mani said.

She explained that the Suva-Nausori corridor in the Central Division recorded the highest number of cases.

Ms Mani said health teams were mobilised in the Central Division to ensure effective and efficient dengue responses which include clinical intervention as well as public health measures.

"The public is reminded that insecticide spraying only kills flying mosquitoes and does not remove the breeding places.

"All open stagnant water should be drained as mosquitoes breed in these places and it is also advisable to use mosquito repellent and mosquito nets."

Meanwhile, insecticide spraying has been completed at Vatuwaqa, Samabula, Nabua, Laucala Beach, Domain, Grantham Rd, Tacirua East, Khalsa Rd, Sakoca, Wailoku, Tamavua, Princess Rd and Mead Rd.

The Health Ministry also reiterated the onus was on individuals to ensure clean surroundings free from mosquito breeding sites.