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Males and iTaukei top dengue fever cases

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, February 24, 2014

FIFTY-FOUR per cent of the confirmed dengue fever cases are males, says Dr Mike Kama.

The Health Ministry's national adviser communicable disease presented the figures at a general practitioners seminar in Suva on Saturday.

The iTaukei community also recorded 54 per cent of the cases from the mosquito- borne illness.

Figures also showed that the mean age was 41 years.

Dr Isoa Bakani, a general practitioner, said this showed the type of open living among the iTaukei people.

"They enjoy the environment and live outside more often and this exposes them to being bitten by mosquitoes," he said.

"These mosquitoes that cause dengue are a day-biter and can't fly more than 100 yards, therefore, it's very important that back yards are cleaned.

"In the past, we used to advise villagers to cut their back yard at least 100 metres around the village so mosquitoes won't come to the village.

"This was a remedial preventative measure for dengue in the Fijian villages and I guess if the same practice is carried out again, we will assist in combating the outbreak."

Dr Bakani said the number of dengue cases from yesteryear was low compared with what was happening today.

He added that the spraying of town areas was also of great importance.

Meanwhile, an Information Ministry statement on Friday night said the Health Ministry had recorded 3330 confirmed dengue cases.

At a general practitioners' seminar in Suva on Saturday, Dr Kama said there were 6659 suspected dengue fever cases and 2589 positive cases recorded as of February 16.








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