27 Feb 2017

Dengue scare in Nauru

7:26 pm on 27 February 2017

There has been a dengue outbreak on Nauru but officials are yet to release information on the numbers affected.

A health advisory had been issued with people advised to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes and to clean their compounds of stagnant water and rubbish.

The Asian tiger mosquito is one of the vectors responsible for transmitting dengue fever.

The Asian tiger mosquito is one of the vectors responsible for transmitting dengue fever. Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

There have been significant outbreaks of dengue around the Pacific, including in Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and American Samoa.

In New Caledonia two people had died and dozens needed hospital treatment.

In Fiji 143 people had been infected so far this year.

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