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Dengue kills baby

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, March 08, 2014

A TWO-month old baby is the youngest victim to have died from dengue fever.

This was confirmed by Dr Devina Nand of the Ministry of Health.

As of October last year to the end of February this year, eight lives have been claimed because of dengue fever.

Dr Nand said of the eight cases, six were from the Central Division and one each in the North and Western divisions.

Dr Nand said 50 per cent of the deaths were children.

"The youngest was two months old and oldest is over 70," she said.

"No one age group is spared but for severe diseases and deaths, we are noting that children are the ones that are affected.

"So we are calling out to the parents to be mindful of this, to protect their children from getting bitten and to present them early at hospitals and health centres if they are sick."

She said one of the reasons for deaths from dengue fever was that people had waited too long to present themselves to health centres and hospitals.

"The earlier you come, the earlier we can have the intervention and get you better.

"Dengue is really unique, for most diseases when you have fever, that's the most critical period.

"With dengue, the critical period is when the fever disappears.

"And once the fever disappears, the person can either get better, recover totally or as we have seen in this particular epidemic and outbreak, the patient can really drastically go the other way and get very sick or die."

Meanwhile, a national clean-up of mosquito breeding sites will begin today.

The Central Division has recorded 7234 cases reported with 3063 confirmed cases.

The Western Division reported 2096 cases with 601 cases confirmed. The North reported 491 cases and 139 confirmed cases while the Eastern Division has no confirmed cases.

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