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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 30, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---There’s good news and bad news regarding dengue fever in the Pacific Islands region.

The good news: French Polynesia health officials say the dengue fever epidemic there is now over, Tahitipresse reported.

The epidemic started in January and affected 32,800 inhabitants (17% of the total population). A total of 1,375 people were hospitalized and eight young children died.

The bad news: Fiji's Ministry of Health has warned Lautoka City Council of a confirmed case of dengue fever in the city, Radio Fiji reported.

The council's health services director, Rajendra Pratap, said: "He (the victim) contracted the virus when he went away from Lautoka somewhere in Suva, and then he got sick.

"When he came back he was admitted at the Lautoka hospital while samples were sent to the lab. Then it was confirmed he had the dengue virus and accordingly the council took action and sprayed the whole area."

Dengue is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and can be fatal.

The symptoms of dengue fever are the sudden onset of fever, a severe headache, eye pain, chills, body and joint pains, nausea and vomiting and transient rashes.

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