1 Mar 2017

Nauru drive to remove mozzy breeding sites

1:44 pm on 1 March 2017

The Nauru Government has declared a National Cleaning Drive after an outbreak of dengue on the island.

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

Unconfirmed reports say at least 70 residents have been diagnosed with dengue, including a number of asylum seekers.

The government is giving all public servants permission to finish work an hour early from today through to 8 March so they can go home and clear rubbish, cut grass and remove containers of stagnant water.

The aim is to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Nauru Public Health is encourages anyone showing symptoms of the disease to report immediately to the hospital or the various wellness centres around the island.

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