5 Mar 2013

Solomons confirms over 150 dengue cases in capital

9:39 pm on 5 March 2013

Solomon Islands health authorities have confirmed more than 150 cases of dengue fever in the capital.

The ministry of health says there are 162 confimed cases and nearly 400 suspected cases of dengue, since the outbreak began at the end of January.

Dr Chris Becha, who is the ministry's undersecretary for policy and planning, says strategic wards have been set up at the national referral hospital.

"Currently, it's the rainy season, so it's important that we keep [things like] tyres, empty tyres, from the collection of fluids, or water, for the breeding. So that's the basic message that we can convey to the people in order for them to stay safe."

Dr Chris Becha says it is important people continue to use mosquito nets to stop the spread of the outbreak.