Dengue has now spread to three of the Pa Enua – Mauke, Aitutaki and the latest island Mangaia, according to a dengue report published on Tuesday. All three islands have one probable case of type-two-dengue.
Mangaia’s executive officer Anthony Whyte said on Wednesday
they were not notified officially by the Ministry of Health about the recent
dengue case, but he had heard from unofficial sources that the virus made it to
Cook Islands News asked for comment from Te Marae Ora health
ministry on Tuesday about the new case in Mangaia but has not received a
The new case was found in a Te Marae Ora dengue report
published on ReliefWeb, a global humanitarian information service provided by
the United Nations.
There are 343, confirmed, suspected and probable cases in
the Cook Islands, an increase of 56 per cent since April 1, when there were
Of the 343, there are 183 probable and confirmed cases – an
increase of 21 cases since the last update on April 20.
The most cases reported in Rarotonga have been in Ngatangiia,
with 36 cases. The village has seen the biggest increase in cases on the
island, increasing by 12 since the last update.
A public notice on Te Marae Ora’s Facebook page this week
has advised the public that an “urgent” house to house inspection programme,
Tutaka, is underway.
The Tutaka programme started on Wednesday which was also the
same day the post went up.
The post asked for the public to trim back overgrown weeds
and hedges, dispose of rubbish, cover or remove any objects that will hold
water, fix broken septic tanks and check pot plants and flower vases regularly
for possible mosquito breeding sites.
The dengue outbreak was declared on February 2 and since
then 38 cases have been admitted to the hospital. There have been four more
cases since April 20. There have been no deaths attributed to the outbreak.
In early March government spokesperson Jaewynn McKay said
the number of people with dengue is likely to be higher than the recorded
McKay said the advice given to people is not for everyone to
get tested who is symptomatic, but to call Tupapa Outpatients on phone 20066
for advice. They then could tell a person if they needed to be tested or not.
The key message from government has been to remove mosquito
breeding and resting sites. Vector control has also taken place by spraying the
island in an attempt to kill mosquitoes.