23 Dec 2011

Marshall Islands dengue fever outbreak almost over

2:10 pm on 23 December 2011

The World Health Organisation says the dengue fever outbreak in the Marshall Islands is almost over.

The World Health Organisation's Dr Eric Nilles says the region is on a heightened state of alert because of an outbreak of Type 2 in the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

However, he says the outbreak has peaked from a maximum number of 50 per day to less than five per day since the 19th of December.

He says there is no cause for alarm.

"There are regularly outbreaks in the Pacific every year, or certainly every couple of years there are outbreaks. Because of the Type 2 dengue virus in Yap I think it's focused more attention just because Type 2 has not circulated for a long time in the Pacific. But right now there is really no evidence that there is any sort of emergency in the Pacific."

The World Health Organisation's Dr Eric Nilles.