DENGUE KEEPS GRIP ON NEW CALEDONIA

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 4) - A dengue fever
outbreak gripping the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia since January
has claimed 13 lives and made 4,000 people ill.

Health officials say a 66-year-old woman who was being treated
in a Noumea hospital became the latest victim.

Three of the 13 dead were young children.

The tropical disease, spread by mosquitos, is expected to
subside with the onset of winter in the southern hemisphere.

The government has battled to raise awareness of the outbreak
and has carried out aerial spraying of insecticides to kill mosquito larvae.

June 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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