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26 July 2021
Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National
A Matavera Puna team during a dengue clean-up campaign and dengue spraying late last year. Photo: MATAVERA PUNA/21020310
Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health figures released on July 18 show 217 confirmed
and probable cases of type-2 dengue fever, which includes nine cases in the Pa
report for week 27 of the outbreak – week ended July 11 – shows an increase of
two cases across the nation from the previous week, bringing the number of
reported cases to 11 since mid-June.
two new probable cases are on Rarotonga.
has the most cases in the Pa Enua with seven while the islands of Mauke and
Mangaia remain the only other outer islands which have been infected with the
have both recorded one case each.
cases have so far been admitted to hospital.
statistical data provided in the latest report shows confirmed and probable cases
peaked in February and were at a three-year high.
then, confirmed and probable cases have dropped below 2020 figures.
Rarotonga, 40 probable and confirmed cases have been reported in Ngatangiia –
more than any other puna – followed by Tupapa (28), Titikaveka (27), Nikao (26)
and Matavera (22).
aged between 10 and 19 are more likely to be and affected than any other age
group while 56 per cent of all people affected are male.
deaths have been attributed to dengue infection and the key message to remove
mosquito breeding and resting sites remains in place.
current dengue outbreak was declared by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health in
February of this year.
April this year, Dr Anura Jayasinghe, a public health specialist with Te Marae
Ora, said: “The public has a responsibility to maintain a clean environment.”
we identify a case, we’ll do spraying, but it will only target adult mosquitos.
If breeding sites are intact, more mosquitos will come from those sites.”
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