Tuesday, 23 April 2013 9:10 AM

Dengue Active and Rising: Health Authorities

The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services says the dengue fever outbreak is still active and is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Dr Lester Ross says the ministry's latest Cluster Surveillance Report of 18 April has recorded a total of 3,189 reported dengue cases.

He says this is an increase of 485 from the previous week.

Dr Ross says 849 cases have since tested positive through the Rapid Diagnostic Testing method.

Honiara has so far recorded the highest prevalence of dengue fever with 89 per cent of reported cases.

The Permanent Secretary adds that most of the provinces have reported dengue cases, except Makira and Rennell/Bellona provinces.

In the meantime, deaths related to the dengue fever has now risen to four, with the latest being a 13 year old female.

Dr Ross confirmed the latest fatality in a press conference in Honiara today.

Dr Ross says the 13 year old was initially tested negative through the Rapid Diagnostic Testing at the National Referral Hospital, but her results tested abroad showed otherwise.

“This is a concern, but we are looking into it, although I can assure the public that these tests are very accurate and are used widely.”

Dr Ross says the Health Minister will seek Cabinet endorsement on the establishment of a National Task Force on dengue and a Contingency Warrant of about SB$2 million dollars to support the ministry's fight against dengue fever.

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