Dengue cases rise to 78

Wednesday August 14, 2019 Written by Published in Health
Public Health staff Henry Tana (left) and Papa Yala Manila inspect an empty drum yesterday at Takuvaine. They said most of the areas they came across during their cycle through the village “are pretty good”. The tutaka continues today from Ruatonga through to Pokoinu and will end on Friday in Matavera. 19081231 Public Health staff Henry Tana (left) and Papa Yala Manila inspect an empty drum yesterday at Takuvaine. They said most of the areas they came across during their cycle through the village “are pretty good”. The tutaka continues today from Ruatonga through to Pokoinu and will end on Friday in Matavera. 19081231

Seventy-eight (78) dengue cases have been reported since the outbreak in January this year.

Ministry of Health says 22 were confirmed cases while 56 have been deemed probable positives.

The dengue outbreak was officially declared on February 27 following a New Zealand laboratory test confirmation of seven type 1 cases.

A ministry Situation Report says Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the only islands affected. Most of the cases have been from Rarotonga.

The report says Aitutaki has managed to contain its number of cases to three. The last case was reported on April 18.

“A total of 42 cases have been hospitalised. Unfortunately, in some cases, people refused to be admitted but were given some health advice.”

The age range of the victims were from three to 79 years old.

There is an ongoing mosquito larvae surveillance and monitoring on Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the outer islands, as well as monitoring of adult mosquito traps at high risk areas such as the hospital and airport on Rarotonga.

There is also awareness and promotion underway this week, with inspections (Tutaka) around the island.

“Again the focus is to get rid of mosquito breeding/resting places in the community, especially around the homes and public places.”

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