TONGA CONFIRMS FIRST 1998 CASE OF DENGUE FEVER

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (March 2, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---Tonga has recorded its first 1998 case of dengue fever.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that a 15-year old boy from Tofoa on Tongatapu Island has contracted the mosquito-borne disease, Radio Tonga reports.

Health officials have begun broadcasting radio messages, providing information about ways to help contain spread of the virus.

Dr. Taniela Lutui, acting head of Tonga's public health division, has urged the public to join a nationwide campaign to destroy mosquito breeding places, such as water-filled coconut shells, cans, tires and other containers.

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