10 Apr 2013

Australian/NZ medical team help Solomons cope with dengue outbreak

4:42 am on 10 April 2013

An Australian led medical team has been sent to Solomon Islands to help local health officials cope with a serious outbreak of dengue.

The team of 11 includes a doctor and nurse from New Zealand and New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, says the outbreak has put considerable strain on the Solomons' health system - depleting resources and overwhelming staff.

He says there are almost 1700 suspected cases of dengue fever - 1200 of those in Honiara - and three reported deaths.

The deployment is for an initial two week period.