3 May 2013

Dengue death toll in Solomon Islands now at five

6:26 pm on 3 May 2013

Health authorities in Solomon Islands say the death toll from dengue fever has risen to five.

All deaths occurred in the capital, Honiara.

The Solomon Star reports the number of cases has jumped by 560 to more than three thousand seven hundred.

The paper quotes the head of the dengue fever taskforce Dr Tenneth Dalipanda who says the number of cases is continuing to increase but there has been a reduction in the number of people hospitalised with dengue.

The paper reports nearly 90 percent of cases are in the capital.

Health teams from New Zealand and Australia have been helping with the outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease at the National Referral Hospital.