Dengue fever season begins early in Pacific region

Reported dengue fever cases have reached epidemic levels in New Caledonia where 127 cases were registered in November and 34 so far in December. In the Federated States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae), there are reports of almost 500 cases, but no deaths. Approximately 150 people were hospitalised.

Due to incomplete reporting, lack of access to health care in some areas, and the fact that many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and be reported to health authorities, there may be many more cases in the community than are reported. Travellers to these areas can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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