20 May 2019

Cooks plans to eliminate dengue mosquito

10:15 am on 20 May 2019

The Cook Islands is aiming to eliminate the mosquito that carries the dengue virus.

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The country has been battling an outbreak for the past three months and latest figures show that, to date, there are 50 victims.

The secretary of health, Josephine Herman, said the country had been steadily improving its control of mosquito breeding areas since an outbreak in 2007 affected more than 1,000 people.

But Dr Herman said their long-term strategy is to end the threat from the mosquito completely.

"There are some discussions already underway in terms of engaging or communicating with the World Mosquito Programme, WHO and SPC to help us strengthen our vector control strategy.

"In June we will be having some experts from New Zealand coming into the country to help train our workforce to strengthen our vector control."

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