7 Nov 2011

Mosquito inspections after dengue outbreak in Marshall Islands

2:46 pm on 7 November 2011

With dengue fever cases skyrocketing in the Marshall Islands medical officials from the United States Centers for Disease Control are conducting house-to-house mosquito inspections throughout Majuro Atoll.

More than 150 people have been diagnosed with dengue on Majuro in the past two weeks.

A CDC official, Tyler Sharp, says that figure is likely to represent only 25 percent of the actual total since a majority of those infected do not experience dengue symptoms, which include fever, nausea and other flu-like symptoms.

Cases have also been found on nearby Arno.

The islands of Palau and Yap, on the western side of Micronesia, are also reporting dengue fever outbreaks.