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623 Dengue fever cases recorded by Health ministry this year

A total of six hundred twenty-three dengue fever cases has been recorded from the beginning of this year until the 3rd of August, 2016. Apart from the dengue fever cases the following were recorded: 41 Chikungunya 225 Typhoid 430 Leptospirosis 34 Zika The Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate said it was for this […]

Salote Qalubau

August 11, 2016 11:12 am

A total of six hundred twenty-three dengue fever cases has been recorded from the beginning of this year until the 3rd of August, 2016.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

Apart from the dengue fever cases the following were recorded:

  • 41 Chikungunya
  • 225 Typhoid
  • 430 Leptospirosis
  • 34 Zika

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate said it was for this reason that the general public had to take necessary precautionary and preventative health measures following the current rainy weather patterns that the country is facing.

Mr Usamate urged members of the public to also refrain from swimming or wading in flooded waters to avoid waterborne illnesses.

USAMATE:  “We urge people to refrain from wading or swimming in flooded waters and avoid contracting diseases such as Leptospirosis. Consuming dirty or contaminated water can also cause Typhoid.”

He said all drinking water must be boiled, particularly with possible water supply disruptions and flash flooding which can cause contamination. Boiling water prior to consumption is important as this will decrease the chances of contracting waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A.

USAMATE: “I urge you all to keep your surroundings clean and free of any such containers or receptacles. The recent Fight the Bite- Clean up Fiji campaign helped reduce the number of mosquito borne diseases. With a proactive approach, we can continue to keep these numbers low.”

The minister said all man-made receptacles such as empty containers, white goods, drum, and tyres should be discarded properly to avoid creating mosquito breeding sites.”

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