RAKIRAKI is the dengue hot spot identified in the province of Ra with the majority of the 31 confirmed cases and 280 suspected cases being from areas outside the Vaileka township.
While the majority of the sick were infected from outside the province, the authorities believe the dengue-causing mosquito now has a strong presence in the province.
Ra provincial administrator Kelepi Kubunameca said of the 31 infected, 18 became sick while in Suva while three were from Nadi and five were reported to have been infected from areas around Rakiraki.
"What is alarming for us is that the remaining six got infected in their own homes. This means the mosquito is breeding under our noses and we still have yet to confirm those 280 cases."