Dengue Fever May Become Endemic In Solomons:

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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While new cases decline, over 5,500 cases still suspected

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 4, 2013) – The head of the taskforce set up to handle Solomon Islands’ first major outbreak of dengue fever says the disease may now be endemic to the country.

The mosquito-borne disease has killed six people and is known to have infected one thousand two hundred people since it broke out five months ago.

Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda says the number of new cases has started to drop but the total number of suspected cases stands at more than five and a half thousand.

He says 86 percent of those infected are from the capital, Honiara.

"We are not saying it’s over but what we are also aware of and conscious of is dengue might be here as a long term - become endemic to Solomon. The main thing is the city is kept clean."

Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda says public agencies are working hard to clear up rubbish sites, which are where mosquitoes like to breed.

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