New Caledonia Declare Public Health Emergency Due To Dengue Outbreak

All parts of Noumea affected; personnel being hired to try to eliminate moquito breeding sites

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 14, 2017) – A public health emergency has been declared in New Caledonia's capital Noumea as a dengue outbreaks keeps worsening.

The authorities say all neighbourhoods of the city are now affected and more personnel is being hired to try to eliminate breeding areas for mosquitos.

A 25-year-old woman died last week of dengue type 1 - the first fatality since an epidemic was declared in early January.

Residents are advised to try to destroy breeding grounds in poorly accessible areas, such as gutters.

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