4 Feb 2015

Niue mosquito spraying underway

4:52 pm on 4 February 2015

The Niue government has started a mosquito eradication spraying programme after the recent death of a young woman from chikungunya.

A 22 year old mother reportedly contracted the mosquito-borne illness after spending two weeks in Samoa and died in Niue hospital several days after being admitted.

A Niue opposition MP Terry Coe, is calling for more help from regional agencies to help get rid of the mosquitoes and with advice on medical care to more effectively deal with chikungunya in the Pacific.

He says the government is warning travellers to Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

"They've started the mosquito spraying. And they are working from Alofi south and Alofi north and then they're going to go around the rest of the island, hopefully to complete it within a week, so there's two gangs."

Terry Coe says Niue only has one flight a week in and out of the country and seriously ill patients need medical evacuation for treatment off the island but he's not sure the government would support that.