Dengue Outbreak Straining Health Services In FSM

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Authorities report 875 cases suspected, 132 confirmed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 7, 2013) – The department of health in the Federated States of Micronesia says an outbreak of dengue fever in the state of Kosrae is straining health services.

The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak began last September when a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized with the mosquito-borne virus.

A spokesperson from the Kosrae Department of Health, Dr. Carolee Masao, says from September to the end of June, a total of 875 suspected cases have been recorded and from that figure, 132 people have tested positive.

She says doctors have been warned to look out for people with symptoms of dengue fever.

"It’s a matter of still continuing our surveillance and getting those people. But serious? It’s quite serious because it’s straining, because when we have a lot of cases, it really strains away our resources."

Dr. Carolee Masao says the health department has also been raising awareness about the dengue virus and advising the public to destroy potential mosquito breeding grounds.

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