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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Aug. 26) — Six new cases of dengue fever have been reported on Palau since Aug. 12, according to health officials.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, the island country remains in a dengue response mode.

The six new dengue cases bring the total number of cases to 23, since the first four were reported before the Festival of Pacific Arts on July 14.

The ministry said prior to the festival, four cases of dengue fever were identified. During the festival, eight more cases were identified and by August, additional new cases were confirmed.

Last Aug. 6, the director of the Bureau of Hospital and Clinical Services, Dr. Dever; acting public health director Maireng Sengebau Kingzio; and incident commander Dr. Seleima Lalabalavu announced on radio about the dengue outbreak. They asked the public for its cooperation.

Flyers in English and Palauan were distributed beginning on Aug. 7 announcing the outbreak and the scheduled spraying for mosquitoes for Aug. 9 and 10 in Koror and Airai.

The ministry said to end the dengue outbreak, Palauans should clean their homes and yards, remove possible mosquito breeding sites and use insect repellent. They should also watch the dengue prevention and control program on ICTV.

August 26, 2004

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