17 Mar 2017

Another two people die of dengue in New Caledonia

7:53 am on 17 March 2017

Another two people in New Caledonia have died of dengue, bringing to five the number of fatalities this year.

Health authorities say a 71-year old man and an 82-year old woman died in hospital in early March after being weakened by the mosquito-borne disease.

According to the public broadcaster, since September almost 1,700 people have been infected with dengue.

A state of epidemic was declared two months ago.

The people most affected by the outbreak are those in the age brackets 15 to 19 and 25 to 29.