Dengue-1 Outbreak in the Cook Islands: Situation Report 7: ending 30 November 2019. Reporting Date: 06 December 2019
On the 27th of February 2019 an outbreak of Dengue type-1 was declared in the Cook Islands following the confirmation of seven (7) cases.
In October of this year, dengue virus type-2 was confirmed by LabPlus NZ in three (3) tourists, with travel history to French Polynesia. The first two cases were already sick before arriving to Rarotonga, and the third case presented with dengue symptoms while holidaying in Aitutaki.
From 28 January 2019 to 30 November 2019, a total of 120 cases were recorded, including confirmed and probable cases.
Seven (7) new cases (5 x DENV-1, 2 x Probable) were reported in the month of November, a drop from 20 cases reported in October 2019.
A total of 48 cases have been hospitalised and discharged since the beginning of the outbreak
There have been no deaths attributed to dengue infection.
Case definition used: Fever, with one or more of the following; nausea/vomiting, rash, aches and pains (e.g. headache, retro-orbital pain (eye pain), joint pain, myalgia, and arthralgia).