16 Apr 2013

Solomons dengue outbreak to continue at least another month

4:31 am on 16 April 2013

The Ministry of Health in Solomon Islands says the outbreak of dengue fever is expected to continue for at least another month.

The Ministry says the number of reported cases has exceeded 2,700 and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 720.

The Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr Lester Ross, says authorities will continue to monitor the outbreak to determine whether cases of dengue are increasing or decreasing.

"We really need to see the next report to see whether it is maintaining at the level of about 500 cases per week or it's reducing. But some of our epidemiologists who have come in from the WHO and SPC that are assisting us persist that it might be around for the next month or two."

Dr Lester Ross says the outbreak of dengue is depleting the supply of medicinal drugs and diagnostic testing equipment and these may soon have to be ordered from abroad.

The next report on the assessment of the issue due on Friday.