27 Mar 2009

New Caledonia registers another death from dengue

4:54 am on 27 March 2009

New Caledonia has registered another death from dengue fever.

The French territory's Health and Social Affairs Department says it's the third death caused by dengue this year in New Caledonia where authorities are struggling to combat an epidemic which has so far seen over 4,200 persons infected by the virus.

Oceania Flash reports the latest fatality is an elderly person from the North of the main island.

Health authorities are more alarmed than ever by the exponential rate of growth of the disease with at least one hundred new cases reported each day.

In French Polynesia, health authorities are also worried at the increasing number of dengue cases reported to date: 76 since the beginning of this year.

As in New Caledonia, most of those infected, have the type four strain of dengue.

Earlier this month, the development of the disease prompted authorities in French Polynesia to treat the current situation as a fully-fledged epidemic.