26 Apr 2013

Third death in New Caledonia dengue outbreak

6:07 pm on 26 April 2013

A dengue fever outbreak in New Caledonia has now claimed three lives.

Thge latest victim was a 55-year-old woman from the northern village of Pouembout who was taken to hospital with haemorrhaging.

Two other women have died since the outbreak began in September last year.

More than 8,000 others have suffered the effects the disease.

The World Health Organisation warned earlier this year that the mosquito-borne disease had global epidemic potential, saying it had registered a 30-fold increase in the last 50 years to two million cases world wide annually, due to climate change and increased travel.

Dengue causes high fever, headaches, itching and joint pains.

At an advanced stage it can lead to haemorrhaging and death.