31 Oct 2011

Rain in Marshall Islands contributing to rise in dengue fever

8:09 pm on 31 October 2011

Health authorities in the Marshall Islands say an unusual amount of rain may be causing the number of dengue fever cases to rise.

The government declared a state of emergency last week with the aim of combating the growing rate of the mosquito-borne disease, which has risen to 74 confirmed cases and 45 probable cases.

The Secretary of Health Justina Langidrik says the Marshall Islands is experiencing more rain than normal in its current raining season, which she believes could be contributing to the spread of dengue fever.

"Well it's raining every day. It's like there are no days gone by that there's no rain. It's always like it's almost raining every day. And it's a lot of rain."

Justina Langidrik says an entomology team from the World Health Organisation and a disease control and prevention team from Atlanta will arrive in Majuro on Tuesday to help tackle the issue.