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Dengue cases increase to 93

February 2, 2016 6:14 pm

The number of dengue cases has increased by eight to 93 from last week with the North recording the highest number of cases.

This was confirmed to FBC News by National Advisor for Communicable diseases Dr Mike Kama.

Dr Kama says the health ministry continues to be concerned with the rise in the number of cases, even though most have been treated and sent home.

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He says the Ministry is not calling it an outbreak.

“Right now these numbers are quite high but there are issues that we have with regards to laboratory testing for these conditions. So they are not very clear cut. We have hesitated a little bit in calling it what it should be, which is an outbreak for that matter; primarily because things don’t match at the moment. We are trying to clarify with WHO.”

People are advised to destroy mosquito breeding places and consult a doctor if symptoms of dengue occur.

Symptoms include sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain and nausea and vomiting plus skin rash which sometimes appears two to five days after the onset of fever.

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