FIJI HOSPITAL STAFF CONTRACT DENGUE FEVER

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SUVA, Fiji (January 12, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Dengue fever has broken out among staff members at Lautoka Hospital, causing major concern as the epidemic continues to spread throughout Fiji.

Spokesperson Salote Waqanisau confirmed that several of the 10 dengue cases at the hospital involve staff, who were admitted for treatment. She said it was mosquitoes breeding in the hospital compound that were responsible for the staff members contracting the disease.

On Saturday, about 20 staff living near the hospital cleaned up the compound in a bid to destroy mosquito breeding spots.

Waqanisau said while the hospital uses mosquito coils and nets to keep the insects away from patients, the best way to curb dengue is to destroy mosquito breeding grounds.

The current dengue fever outbreak already has claimed four lives in Fiji’s capital, Suva.

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