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Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2013

Solomon Islands dengue outbreak show no sign of slowing: Health officials

In a follow up to a story ten days ago, the dengue fever outbreak that has plagued the Oceanic country is showing no sign of slowing, according to a Radio New Zealand report yesterday.

Health officials in Honiara say the country reported 485 new cases in just the past week.

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The Solomon Islands permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr Lester Ross said that as of April 18, they have recorded 3,189 cases, this is up from 2,226 cases two weeks prior.

The mosquito borne viral disease has taken the lives of four people on the islands.

The capitol city of Honiara remains the hotbed for the disease with nine out of 10 cases being reported from there.

Dengue fever is a disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, or DENV 4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

The principal symptoms of dengue fever are high fever that lasts from 2 to 7 days, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding.

More serious and life threatening forms of dengue include dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is no vaccine for prevention of dengue fever and no specific medication for treatment of a dengueinfection.

Prevention of dengue fever includes methods of avoiding mosquito bites:

  • Drain standing water around your house
  • Use spray with DEET if you go outside
  • Dress in cloths that cover most of your skin
  • Try not to go out a lot during dusk and dawn

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