TONGA CONCERNED ABOUT SPREAD OF DENGUE FEVER FROM FIJI

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (January 7, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Tonga's Ministry of Health has begun a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as public health officials express concern about the possible spread of dengue fever to the kingdom from neighboring Fiji.

The prospect of the mosquito-borne illness entering Tonga by airplane, as a result of frequent flights between the two South Pacific island countries, is of serious concern to ministry officials, Radio Tonga reports.

Health officials are urging everyone in the country to take part in the campaign to prevent spread of the disease.

Meantime, the ministry is also concerned about a typhoid fever outbreak, with one victim now undergoing treatment at Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa.

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