14 DENGUE CASES CONFIRMED IN PALAU

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, July 2) — There are now 14 confirmed cases of dengue, according to the Ministry of Health.

Bureau of Public Health Director Stevenson Kuartei however said that there are 36 suspected cases of dengue, bringing the total figure to 50.

Kuartei said that the Avian Flu Task Force which has been earlier asked by President Remengesau to address the dengue outbreak met on Wednesday.

Kuartei said as a result of the meeting, the National Emergency Management Office will be meeting with the governors to mobilize the community to conduct an islandwide clean-up.

He said the clean-up will prevent the spread of the disease by getting rid of the mosquito breeding sites.

Statistics showed that the confirmed dengue cases are concentrated in Koror State and that there are also cases in Airai and Ngardmau.

The figures further added that disease both affected the young and old.

The suspected dengue cases were also reported in Aimeliik, Airai while Koror State has a high number of suspected cases with 30.

He said that out of the 14 confirmed cases, eight were confirmed through off-island testing and six were confirmed by local testing.

Kuartei added that the Center for Disease Control has also been contacted for assistance in dealing with dengue.

Ministry of Health officials reiterated calls to the community to clean their surroundings to prevent the illness from escalating.

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