DENGUE OUTBREAK CITED IN SUVA

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Television/PINA, Jan. 7) - Private doctors and Suva's private hospital say there appears to be a dengue fever outbreak in Fiji's capital.

Although there has been no official confirmation yet from the Ministry of Health, general practitioners said there is an increasing number of dengue cases. So did the private hospital, which has been conducting blood tests for dengue for the private doctors.

Doctors said the outbreak seems so far to be concentrated in the suburbs of the Suva-Nausori corridor, one of Fiji's most heavily populated areas.

Dengue fever is a viral infection that affects tropical countries. It is spread via mosquito bites. The most severe form can kill but most people develop headaches and back, bone and joint pain.

In the South Pacific, the most recent outbreaks of significance have been in French Polynesia and the neighboring Cook Islands.

January 8, 2003

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