Fiji declares Dengue fever outbreak

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.

Mike Kama, national adviser for communicable diseases, confirmed one person had died during the period, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation news website reported .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. It has also urged people to reduce mosquito density by cleaning up and discarding the breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Dengue virus (DENV) is the cause of dengue fever. It is a mosquito-borne single positive-stranded RNA Virus of the family Flaviviridae; genus Flavivirus. Five serotypes of the virus have been found, all of which can cause the full spectrum of disease. Nevertheless, scientists are finding their understanding of dengue virus may be simplistic, as rather than distinct antigenic groups there appears to be a continuum.