Rains bring Dengue
17 February, 2018, 7:12 pm
Update: 7:12PM A study conducted last month by the Ministry of Health in the Central and Western Division revealed that the high season for dengue fever in Fiji traditionally arrived with the rainy season in November continuing throughout April.
A statement from the ministry revealed that it expected to see more cases of dengue fever during this period this year, especially given the heavy rains in the Western Division.
“The increased rainfall can fill containers with water to create breeding grounds for mosquitos, which can carry the dengue virus and as a result, there is an increased risk of dengue fever outbreak,” the statement said.
“As part of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services’ clean-up campaign, the Ministry is urging communities around Fiji to be proactive about emptying water containers, covering water drums and tanks and disposing of unused tyres, drums and other water containers to combat mosquito breeding and limit the spread of the dengue virus.”