Two cases of dengue fever in NCaledonia

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

NOUMEA, April 17, 2007 (AFP) - Health officials in New Caledonia issued an alert Tuesday against a possible epidemic of dengue fever after two cases were reported in the Pacific Ocean French territory.

NOUMEA, April 17, 2007 (AFP) - Health officials in New Caledonia issued an alert Tuesday against a possible epidemic of dengue fever after two cases were reported in the Pacific Ocean French territory.

A dengue outbreak killed 20 people here in 2003, and the government said in a statement that the latest cases had affected people who had not been travelling outside the territory.

That indicated that local mosquitoes were responsible and the government was "taking seriously" the risk of an epidemic, it said.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine against dengue fever but early detection can improve chances of survival.

The illness is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and causes a severe, flu-like illness and internal bleeding.

New Caledonia is around 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from Australia, and is best known for containing about 25 percent of the world's nickel reserves.


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