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."
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