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Dengue on the coast

Shayal Devi
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE 30 people who have contracted dengue fever in one of the most tourist populated areas in the country — the Coral Coast — are all locals.

A Ministry of Information statement said the 30 people diagnosed had contracted the disease elsewhere in Fiji.

"While there are 255 suspected cases around Nadi, none of them are from Denarau," the statement said.

"While a total of 2589 Fijians have so far tested positive to the mosquito-borne disease, no international visitor is among the confirmed cases."

The ministry said no outbreak had been reported on Denarau itself.

"Health authorities are working with resort operators on prevention measures. By far, the most number of cases — 1635 — are around Suva. International visitors are being advised to take the usual precautions, including the use of mosquito repellents and lighting of coils and pads.

"An intense public health campaign is underway in the affected areas urging Fijians to empty containers carrying water in which the mosquitoes can breed.

"The Health Ministry has set up a special task force to deal with the outbreak, in conjunction with international health agencies and has deployed extra resources to hospitals and health clinics to attend to those affected."

The statement also said municipal councils had started spraying cities and towns with insecticide and special teams had been deployed to deal with the outbreak in rural areas.

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