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Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014

Fiji dengue outbreak: 4,000 cases reported in a week

There were 4,087 dengue fever cases recorded in Fiji during the past week, the majority being in the eastern division. This is what the Fiji Ministry of Health said at a media briefing, according to a report published on Radio New Zealand International today.

Image/Fiji MOH

Image/Fiji MOH

The Ministry now puts the total dengue tally on the island at 15,446 cases, which includes 12 fatalities.

Government officials expect the numbers to continue to rise because of new testing systems being implemented.

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infectionsworldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms.

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