New Caledonia dengue outbreak worsens

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Figures released in New Caledonia show almost 500 people have contracted dengue since an epidemic of the mosquito-borne disease was declared in the week before Christmas.

Health care officials said 319 people have been infected since the beginning of the month.

Forty-seven of them have been taken to hospital.

The most affected area is Noumea and its suburban area.

In 2003, a dengue epidemic claimed 19 lives.

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