Be vigilant of dengue virus, warns doctor

Wednesday June 26, 2019 Written by Published in Health

A doctor is calling for public vigilance as the numbers of dengue cases continue to rise.  Dr Teariki Noovao says though the virus has been under control, the country is not out of the woods yet.

 The Ministry of Health says 66 people have now presented with dengue; a third of the cases are confirmed. There did not appear to have been a sharp rise in reported cases, Noovao said, meaning it is not endemic. He saw a handful of people who presented themselves with dengue symptoms. “I have received clinical cases and they are referred to the hospital for blood tests.”

The public needed to continue being vigilant, looking after their immediate home surroundings and preventing dengue breeding grounds like leaving standing water for

mosquitoes to breed in.

“I hope it will not increase and hope everyone continues to look after the environment,” he reiterated.

The World Health Organisation says it is monitoring dengue in the Cook Islands as well as the other Pacific Islands.

“Favourable mosquito-breeding weather conditions, and different strains of dengue circulating, mean that the Pacific is prone to fluctuations in dengue cases – including outbreaks,” said spokesperson Teena Deogracias-Nery.

The Organisation would continue to support national health authorities with technical advice as they work to prevent, monitor and treat cases of dengue – and they recommend people follow the advice provided by their ministry.

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