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Increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases

November 13, 2017 12:13 am

The Health Ministry has revealed there’s an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases due to the current rainy weather conditions.

Deputy Secretary Public Health, Dr Eric Rafai says these diseases include Dengue fever and Chikungunya.

“That is the reason for this urgency in terms of clean up during this period. This is the period that we expect any outbreaks to occur during the beginning of the wet season and during any dry spells.”

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National Advisor Communicable Diseases, Aalisha Khan says there’s been more than 2000 dengue fever cases.

She adds nine deaths have also been recorded so far.

Fijians are being urged to clear all mosquito-borne breeding places.

The Health Ministry says it will soon work with all municipal councils to ensure communities are kept clean.

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