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Dengue toll rises

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, March 15, 2014

TWELVE dengue fever deaths have been recorded by the Health Ministry..

In a dengue fever update yesterday, the national adviser on communicable disease, Dr Mike Kama, said the youngest victim was two and a half months and the oldest was 65 years old.

Dr Kama said 11,359 clinical confirmed cases had been recorded from October last year to March 10 this year.

"And we have about 1000 or so cases a week. And six weeks ago, we have been registering about 6000 cases per week nationally.

"This tends to fluctuate and this is data largely from government facilities. These numbers may go up next week because our general practitioners have come on board."

The Western Division recorded the most cases — 2715 in the past few weeks while 880 cases were recorded in the Central Division and seven were recorded on Kadavu in the Eastern Division.

Dr Kama said the most cases were recorded in Samabula, Makoi, Valelevu and Tamavua in the Central Division; Lautoka, Nadi, Ba and Sigatoka in the West and Savusavu and Labasa recorded the most cases in the North.

"The early recognition of symptoms is important and we advise people to visit their nearest health facility before it's too late."

Meanwhile, over the next three Saturdays, the national clean-up campaign will be aimed at destroying mosquito breeding sites.

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