FIJI'S DENGUE FEVER EPIDEMIC SLOWING

SUVA, Fiji (March 16, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Some new dengue fever cases are still being reported in northern parts of Fiji, but the overall number of new cases is falling.

The outbreak -- which began late last year -- has affected over two per cent of Fiji's population.

Cases of the mosquito-borne disease number over 20,000 and 11 people have died.

While the epidemic is slowing, health officials say people must still be vigilant, and take care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as well as destroying potential mosquito breeding sites.

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