COOK ISLANDS MAN HOSPITALIZED WITH DENGUE

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Aug. 25) - A Cook Islands man is currently in Rarotonga hospital with dengue fever.

Ministry of Health Secretary Vaine Teokotai says the man was admitted to the hospital last week suffering from pneumonia.

"The confirmation for dengue came back yesterday. The usual prevention measures are being administered by the ministry's Public Health department," says Teokotai.

Teokotai says that this dengue victim is not the same man who was a member of the Aitutaki dance troupe which traveled to Palau, and suspected of having dengue.

Palau announced an outbreak of dengue fever before participants at the Pacific Arts festival departed for their respective countries.

Teokotai says no one in that group returned a positive test for dengue fever.

People are being asked to ensure that they keep their homes tidy and most importantly remove any possible mosquito breeding sites from their properties.

There are two types of mosquitoes found in the Cook Islands, the Aedes type (day biter) and the Culex type (night biter).

The Aedes mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of dengue fever.

The last dengue fever outbreak on Rarotonga was in 2002.

September 1, 2004

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