212 dengue cases confirmed in Fiji, Northern division tops list

Fiji's Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 212 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever so far this year.

And the Northern Division tops the list with 157 confirmed cases while the Central Division has 28 confirmed cases. The Western Division to date has recorded 27 confirmed cases.

The high number of cases in the province of Macuata has become a cause of concern to medical authorities as persons of all ages are affected.

Fijians of Indian descent lead the stats with 55% while 45% of those infected belong to the Itaukei community with 57% of cases being males and 43% females. Cleanup campaigns to destroy mosquito breeding grounds which are on going from 2014 have been intensified this year in Macuata and other affected areas.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises the general public to take all precautionary measures to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, including using mosquito repellant, cleaning compounds, and destroying all possible mosquito breeding grounds.

The current Macuata dengue outbreak is caused by dengue virus serotype 2.