Dengue fever surge in Labasa
January 1, 2018 6:51 pm
There has been 279 dengue fever cases recorded in Macuata, mostly from the Labasa town area.
Acting National Advisor Communicable Disease, Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan says there has been a notable increase in the number of dengue fever cases in the Macuata Subdivision, mainly localized to the Labasa town area in the last four weeks.
According to Dr Sahukhan as of January 1st 2017 to December 17th last year a total of 795 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever have been recorded in the Northern Division, 1,207 in Central and 1,134 confirmed cases the Western Division.
She says Labasa hospital has responded to the current surge in dengue cases by activating the Dengue Hub Centre, where patients with dengue fever symptoms are being promptly assessed and treated.
The symptoms of dengue fever consist of fever with joint or muscle pain, headache, pain behind the eyes, loss of appetite, rash, and nausea/vomiting.
Dr Sahukhan is urging people to visit the nearest health facility if they have fever and any of these symptoms.