14 Feb 2017

New Caledonia's dengue triggers emergency

12:26 pm on 14 February 2017

A public health emergency has been declared in New Caledonia's capital Noumea as a dengue outbreaks keeps worsening.

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The authorities say all neighbourhoods of the city are now affected and more personnel is being hired to try to eliminate breeding areas for mosquitos.

A 25-year-old woman died last week of dengue type 1 - the first fatality since an epidemic was declared in early January.

Residents are advised to try to destroy breeding grounds in poorly accessible areas, such as gutters.