Number Of Dengue Cases Increasing In New Caledonia’s Capital

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More than 100 cases reported, centered in Noumea

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 22, 2012) – New Caledonia’s dengue outbreak has spread across the territory, with more than 100 people now affected by the disease.

Health authorities say dengue has been diagnosed mostly in the Noumea area but cases have been reported from provincial centers up north as well.

There is concern that the disease will spread further because boarding schools closed last weekend for a two-week break, with students being possible carriers of the disease.

People are advised to seek medical care as soon as they experience the first possible symptoms, such as high fever.

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