Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar confirmed that 1024 dengue cases have been recorded in Fiji from January 1 to February 23, 2018.
“That is a very high number,” she said.
Together with the Local Government, Ms Akbar said their awareness, clean-ups and spraying programmes were on-going.
“A lot of people are questioning us as to why we are not having a major spraying,” she said.
“They will have their major spraying after their clean-up campaign.
“We started with Waituri in Vuci Road, Nausori last week Thursday and similar areas have been identified by the ministry.
“We are working with the communities to remove all those illegal dumps also believed to be breeding grounds for dengue causing mosquitoes.
“We again appeal to members of the public to be aware of the consequences of dengue outbreak and the fact that we need to destroy breeding grounds,” Ms Akbar said.
Dengue fever symptoms and treatment
The symptoms of dengue fever, which typically begin five-seven days after being infected by a dengue virus carrying mosquito, include: sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes/eye socket, joint pains, muscle pains, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or skin rash.
The symptoms can last three to seven days before you start to feel better.
More worrying symptoms, or danger signs, which may indicate the life threatening complication of severe dengue fever (dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome) can occur within the first 24hours or later in the illness, and include: severe stomach (abdominal) pain, continuous vomiting, fast breathing, unexplained bruising, bleeding gums, tiredness, restlessness and blood in vomit.
Persons with dengue and danger signs needs to be medically examined at hospital.
If you have seen a doctor and then later start to have dangers signs, please immediately go back to the doctor, or to another health facility.