6 Mar 2013

Second dengue fatality in New Caledonia

1:34 pm on 6 March 2013

A dengue outbreak in New Caledonia has claimed a second life.

The territory's daily newspaper says the victim was a 36-year-old woman who died in intensive care after suffering from a high fever for several days.

In December, a 55-year-old woman died of dengue.

The outbreak has infected several thousand people this season, with estimates of 200 new infections every day.

In January alone 965 people were diagnosed with dengue.

People are advised to eliminate the breeding grounds of the disease-carrying mosquitos.

There is no vaccine against the disease but there are hopes one will be developed within two years.