21 Feb 2012

Dengue confirmed in New Caledonia

2:35 pm on 21 February 2012

The authorities in New Caledonia have confirmed this year's first case of dengue outside the Noumea area.

The local newspaper says the infected person is in Ponirihouen on the main island's east coast.

It is the third locally contracted case this year after the discovery of two dengue sufferer in the capital area.

In addition, two residents have dengue, which they contracted while they were on holiday on the Indonesian island of Bali.

There have been awareness campaign since 2009 when a dengue epidemic affected more than 8,000 people in New Caledonia and claimed five lives.