DENGUE FEVER STRIKES PORT VILA VANUATU

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (June 8, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Vanuatu's Department of Health has confirmed five additional cases of the dengue fever, following the initial report of the mosquito-borne disease at Port Vila Central Hospital Friday.

Dengue prevention coordinator, George Taleo, says blood samples have been sent to Australia for testing to identify the type of dengue, which is likely to spread throughout the country, Radio Vanuatu reports.

Health authorities have appealed to capital area residents to destroy possible mosquito breeding places.

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