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Dengue epidemic declared in Fiji

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Health Desk-- May 1, 2017: Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared a dengue fever outbreak in the country after 913 people were diagnosed with the fever between January and April this year.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation news website on Monday reported that Mike Kama, national advisor for communicable diseases, confirmed one person had died during the period.

Kama said out of the 913 cases, more than 85 percent were recorded in western and central divisions.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has warned Fijians, visitors and tourists to be careful.

Moreover, it urged people to reduce mosquito density by cleaning up and discarding the breeding sites of mosquitoes to prevent dengue.