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AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (April 27, 2001 - Cook Islands News)--No cases of dengue fever have turned up on Rarotonga despite over 3,000 people having being reportedly affected in an epidemic in nearby French Polynesia.

Director of Clinical Services Dr. Aumetua Taurarii, who is based at Rarotonga Hospital, said up to yesterday morning no cases had been reported on the island.

In French Polynesia, the dengue epidemic has affected mainly the Leeward Islands group, including Bora Bora, the main island of Tahiti and its sister island of Moorea.

Last month, health officials said that Rarotonga hospital would be able to deal with a dengue outbreak should the situation arise in the near future.

The last outbreak in the Cooks was in 1995.

Before that the mosquito-borne disease claimed at least five lives in 1991.

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