30 Sep 2019

More than 1,000 dengue cases registered in Tahiti

6:25 am on 30 September 2019

There have been further calls in French Polynesia to fight the dengue type 2 epidemic.

More than 120 people a week are being infected by the mosquito-borne disease, with more than 1,000 cases registered so far.

Residents are being urged to eliminate the insects' breeding sites amid concern that the upcoming wet season will worsen the problem.

The epidemic has spread to Bora Bora, Tahaa and Raiatea as well as parts of the Marquesas and Austral islands.

The last dengue type 2 epidemic to hit French Polynesia was about 20 years ago, which means about half the population is at risk of getting infected.

The current dengue strain was brought to Tahiti by a traveller from New Caledonia.