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167 dengue cases for division

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE Central Division tops the country's dengue fever statistics with 167 cases.

The statistics provided by the Health Ministry from January 1 to January 6, established that the Western Division recorded 28 cases while the North hasn't recorded any.

Media officer Evlyn Mani said the ministry had been encouraging people to destroy mosquito breeding places by removing and draining off stagnant water.

"Dengue fever cannot be spread directly from person to person," she said.

"This is transmitted when a person is bitten by a mosquito that carries the dengue virus; a mosquito can also become infected with the dengue virus if it bites a person who has the dengue virus in their blood and this can be transmitted if the same mosquito bites a normal healthy person.

"We reiterate to the public that insecticide spraying kills flying mosquitoes and not their breeding grounds.

"In the meantime, insecticide spraying will start the whole of this week in the Nasinu area," said Ms Mani.