Dengue fever continues to spread through Solomon Islands

In the past three months, 3920 infected people have been reported from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel, Choiseul, Makira, Temotu, Western, and Central provinces in the Solomon Islands. First time cases were reported in the last two weeks from Western and Central provinces. Two deaths have been reported due to Dengue fever, and a few other deaths are being investigated to see if they are due to the outbreak.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.