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Health Ministry declares dengue fever outbreak for Nadi and Ba

February 20, 2018 5:34 am

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of dengue fever in Nadi and Ba.

This comes after a total of 312 confirmed cases were recorded in the West with the majority being in these two areas.

Acting National Adviser for Communicable Diseases, Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan says they are concerned with the high number of admissions to the Western Hospitals.

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Sahukhan confirms one dengue fever death so far.

“Numbers of confirmed cases have continued to rise beyond the numbers expected for this time of the year in the Western division. We are also very concerned with about the high numbers of confirmed dengue patients who are admitted to hospitals in Nadi and Ba. There have been 140 admissions recorded so far this year in the Western division for dengue fever, of these 51 were admitted at Ba mission hospital and fifty four at Nadi subdivision Hospital.”

National Adviser Environmental Health, Dip Chand says their officers are currently in the Western Division and are working closely with Fijians to ensure their keep the environment clean.

Chand says they are also charging people for breach of the Public Health Act in terms of providing breeding places for mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, a total of 862 confirmed dengue cases have been recorded in Fiji from January to last Friday.

The Central division has recorded 41 confirmed dengue cases and Northern has recorded 509 confirmed dengue cases.

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