Dengue fever in many of the Pacific islands

Dengue fever cases, deaths and outbreaks are being reported by many islands in the Pacific. The most affected island has been Fiji with more than 25,300 cases and 15 deaths. French Polynesia has reported 2,188 cases, with one death. Other islands reporting hundreds to thousands of cases include Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, and Nauru.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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