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Disease claims two lives

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

OF the two dengue fever related deaths in the country this year, one has been recorded in the Western Division.

This was confirmed by the Health Ministry in response to questions by this newspaper.

The ministry said it continued to monitor the outbreak in Ba and Nadi.

The ministry refused to divulge any further information on the deceased and maintained that the situation was under control.

In its response, the ministry said a second death was recorded on Vanua Levu.

"All staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services have a duty to maintain patient confidentiality and therefore we cannot discuss the details of any patient with media or any third parties," the ministry said.

"During the announcement of this outbreak the ministry did confirm that there had been one confirmed death related to dengue fever in the West.

"While dengue deaths are uncommon, dengue can kill which is why we continue to urge anyone with the symptoms of dengue fever to present themselves to their nearest hospital on time to be assessed for symptoms of severe dengue."

The ministry says symptoms of dengue fever typically begin between five and seven days after being infected by a dengue virus-carrying mosquito.

"The symptoms are sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes/eye socket, joint pains, muscle pains, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or skin rash.

"The symptoms can last three to seven days before you start to feel better."

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