FIJI'S DENGUE FEVER EPIDEMIC RISES TO SIX

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SUVA, Fiji (January 18, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The death toll from Fiji's dengue fever epidemic has risen to six.

In Suva, a woman and a young child are the latest victims from the mosquito-borne virus.

Dr. Mary Schramm, medical superintendent at Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital, said the child was brought to the hospital too late for effective treatment. It is very important, she pointed out, that people see a doctor immediately if symptoms of dengue fever occur, such as fever, vomiting, lethargy, passing less urine or bleeding persists for 36 to 48 hours.

The current outbreak is of dengue hemorrhagic fever, a particularly virulent strain of the virus.

Health authorities have renewed appeals for the public to destroy potential mosquito breeding sites, and to take all possible steps to avoid mosquito bites.

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