NAURU MOVES TO BLOCK FIJI DENGUE FEVER INTRODUCTION

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YAREN, Nauru (January 31, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Nauru's Ministry of Health is taking steps to prevent the introduction of dengue fever from Fiji, where more than 6,500 persons have contracted the mosquito-borne disease and eight have died since last month.

Acting Director of Public Health, Dr. Kiki Thomas, has warned the public to take all possible precautions, Radio Nauru reports.

Thomas said the risk of dengue fever reaching Nauru is very high because of Nauru's close contact with Fiji through Air Nauru's twice-weekly flights.

As part of the Central Pacific country's campaign to keep the virus out, the Health Ministry Thursday began a chemical spraying program last week . The public also is being asked to assist with a general clean-up of likely mosquito breeding grounds.

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