Perifocal, or block spraying, for mosquitos has been a vital part of Te Marae Ora’s efforts to control dengue fever. 20110645
Increasing number of confirmed and suspected dengue cases will not affect the timeline of the two-way quarantine free travel with New Zealand.
According to latest numbers provided by Te Marae Ora (TMO)
Ministry of Health, the number of confirmed cases of the more concerning type 2
of the virus remains at 14.
However, probable cases have increased from 17 to 23 and
there are now 59 suspected cases, which indicates the virus could be spreading
rapidly. At least 12 cases have been admitted to hospital. However a
spokesperson for the Cook Islands Government told Stuff the outbreak is
unlikely to affect the timing of the travel bubble.
“At this stage – probably not,” the spokesperson said.
“This is not the first time the Cook Islands has had a
dengue outbreak and so it has the necessary experience to address this
The spokesperson was unable to offer any indication of
timing for the bubble, saying “Cook Islands border and health officials
continue to work at pace on outstanding issues related to quarantine free
travel with the support from colleagues in New Zealand.”
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health says, “You can’t catch
dengue from another person. The mosquitoes that spread dengue are not commonly
found in New Zealand.”
A situation report issued February 19 by the Cook Island’s
Te Marae Ora (its Ministry of Health), showed a significant spike of probable
cases through February. Officials are now working to ensure this latest
outbreak doesn’t balloon in numbers.
The Cook Islands News says the outbreak was “declared over
last November by health officials after 380 probable or confirmed cases were
reported across the Cook Islands, including six in Aitutaki and five in
In early February, Te Marae Ora said, “a student who
travelled back to Auckland recently... tested positive for dengue has been
admitted to hospital in Auckland as a precaution, isolating the person from