Over 400 Dengue Cases Reported In Solomon Islands

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Despite high cases, many patients have recovered

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 5, 2013) – The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) in the Solomon Islands yesterday revealed that the number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Honiara has exceeded 400.

This was within the span of a month after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in early February this year.

According to information given to this paper by the ministry’s Health Promotion Division, over the past month, the virus has spread rapidly in Honiara alone, at an alarming rate of little more than three cases diagnosed each day.

"We have more than four hundred dengue fever confirmed cases already reported and another thousand plus suspected cases," World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Promotion and Communications Officer, Saula Volavola said.

"Last week was the worst increase, as we saw the rise of both suspected and confirmed cases increase very rapidly within the span of days. That has however decreased this week," Mr. Volavola added.

He also confirmed that despite the big number of both confirmed and suspected dengue cases reported, a vast majority of the patients have already recovered and have been discharged.

Mr. Volavola also confirmed the so far, the number of people already died from dengue remains at three.

"We are working closely with other stakeholders and especially the media to help disseminate information and educate people on means of fighting this killer virus," Mr. Volavola said.

Meanwhile, the MHMS Health Promotion Division has also confirmed yesterday that Isabel Province has recorded its first dengue fever case.

The patient is being closely assessed by medical staff.

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