24 Apr 2013

Solomons health official says dengue outbreak not slowing down

9:38 am on 24 April 2013

The Solomon Islands 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 Clusters Surveillance Report of April the 18th has recorded a total of 3-thousand-189 reported dengue cases.

He told the SIBC this is 485 additional cases from the previous week.

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

Honiara remains highest 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.

He repeats his call for cleanliness as part of everyday living to avoid the deadly fever.

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 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.