29 Sep 2006

French Polynesia registers dengue outbreak

1:32 pm on 29 September 2006

French Polynesia's health authorities have stepped up awareness and prevention campaigns after 58 cases of dengue fever have been registered since last month.

A pre-alert against the mosquito-borne disease has been issued for the main island of Tahiti and its capital Papeete, but also nearby Moorea island and the atoll of Bora Bora.

The plan of action involves mainly reminding the population on basic preventive measures to stop mosquito larvae from breeding by identifying stagnant water in old tyres, pots and bushes.

The dengue risk has been aggravated by unseasonably heavy rain in recent months.