Fiji Time: 2:53 AM on Sunday 29 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Strain returns to haunt

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 21, 2014

THE strain of dengue fever that has created anxiety among national leaders was also an outbreak 20 years ago, says Health permanent secretary Dr Eloni Tora.

Known as dengue serotype 3, Dr Tora said a lot of people were also affected at that time.

He said as of Monday this week, the ministry recorded a total of 2589 dengue cases.

He said the figure was about 40 per cent of suspected dengue cases they had previously.

Dr Tora said the disease spread rapidly in heavily populated areas because there were more people on whom the mosquitoes thrived.

"Throughout the world, 2.5 per cent of those infected with dengue fever die.

"If you have good treatment, you can reduce that to 1 per cent but in Fiji, if we look at the confirmed cases, we have less than 0.1 per cent that died because our confirmed dengue fever mortality rate so far is two which is less than one per cent.

"The ministry forecasted that there was likely to be an outbreak earlier in December as we confirmed five cases and less than 100 suspected cases."

Dr Tora said they had then started off with awareness and campaigns.

"We are again reminding people that dengue fever can only be controlled if people destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes.

"Waiting for the council to come around with their spray will not solve the situation because it might just kill a few mosquitoes.

"The solution is to ensure that our surroundings are free of mosquito-breeding agents."


Source: MINFO


* 8am-12pm: Sakoca, Samabula, Nadawa

* 12pm-5pm: Tacirua Heights, Dokanaisuva Rd, Namadi Heights, Qarase Rd


* 8am-12pm: Khalsa Rd, Mead Rd, Bayview Heights, Reba Circle

* 12pm-5pm: Khalsa Rd, Mead Rd, Bayview Heights, Laucala Beach


* 8am - 12pm: Sukanaivalu road, Nadera

* 12pm-5pm: Ratu Mara Rd, Nadera


* 8am-12pm: Tacirua East, Cunningham stages one and two, Kinoya

* 12pm-5pm: Cunningham stages three and four, Kinoya

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62590.6069
JPY 58.270455.2704
GBP 0.31140.3034
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.72230.6893
AUD 0.65460.6296
USD 0.47290.4559



Exchange Rate updated on 27th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s with a smile
  2. Former CEO recalls days of sunken vessel
  3. 'Ship was fit to sail'
  4. Tears of joy as Tubalagi graduates
  5. Give them this day their daily bread
  6. Roadworks to end soon
  7. Bridges to run a century
  8. No leakage of diesel from sunken ship
  9. PS confirms oil volume
  10. Nadolo to join Top 14

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  5. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)
  7. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  10. Prof Prasad leaves school premises as 'mark of respect' Monday (23 Nov)