Dengue cases up

HONIARA – More than 200 suspected cases of dengue-like illnesses have been reported so far from the surveillance sentinel sites in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province in Solomon Islands.

A statement from the Ministry of Health early this week said the system had picked up resurgence in dengue-like illness.

In light of the increasing cases, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and WHO continue to monitor the situation and are currently investigating reported cases.

In response, the Ministry of Health Emergency Operation Centre (MHEOC) has been convened, resulting in enhanced disease surveillance and reporting, response, preparedness and assessment at NRH and clinics.

“Including preparation for mosquito control and social mobilisation activities in Honiara and Guadalcanal Provinces,” said Dr Christopher Becha, Under Secretary/Health Improvement and chairman of the MHEOC.

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of virus which can be transmitted by Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

An infected mosquito can bite and infect other people. The mosquito bites during the day time usually at dawn (morning) to dusk (evening).

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