Dengue Fever Breaks Out In New Caledonia

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Public urged to seek medical help if symptoms appear

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 5, 2012) – The government in New Caledonia is warning people about an outbreak of dengue fever.

One hundred and twenty-seven cases of the dengue type-one virus were reported last month and there have been sixteen cases so far this month.

The government says most regions of the territory are affected by the outbreak and it has warned people to use insect repellent and to destroy possible mosquito larvae breeding sites at least once a week.

The authorities are advising people to be vigilant about seeking medical help as soon as they experience symptoms of dengue fever

Symptoms include chills, aches and high fever.

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