24 Oct 2002

Concern over dengue in New Caledonia

2:45 pm on 24 October 2002

There has been another case of confirmed dengue fever in New Caledonia bringing the number of infections this year to 70.

The Pasteur Institute in Noumea has told the local press that the latest case was found in Houailou, with the mosquito-borne disease now found in the territory's north as well as on Belep island.

It says New Caledonia now appears to be at the centre of an outbreak that began in Palau in August 2000.

The Institute has appealed for vigilance as a bigger outbreak on Wallis may spread to New Caledonia.