Nine deaths from dengue fever recorded
November 13, 2017 4:10 am
Nine people have died from Dengue fever this year and over two thousand six hundred cases have been recorded.
National Advisor for Communicable Diseases, Aalisha Khan says this is an increase compared to last year.
She adds they’re taking extra preventative measures to ensure Fijians are safe.
“So far this year – there have been nine deaths related to dengue fever and majority of these deaths were people over the age of fifty-five years and the World Health Organisation actually says that for dengue fever if we have access to medical care, the number of deaths should be below one percent and the current rate with nine confirmed cases is zero point three percent.”
Mosquito-borne diseases include Dengue fever and Chikungunya which can prove fatal
Chief Health Inspector, Dip Chand says they will soon work with all municipal councils to ensure communities are kept clean.