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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dengue fever outbreak on Micronesian island

Via Australia News Network :

" Hundreds of people have been treated for dengue fever on the small Micronesian island of Yap.

The Ministry of Health has sought assistance from the World Health Organisation.

Dr Eric Nilles, from the WHO, who is in Yap, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat it is a significant outbreak given the island's small population of around 15,000.

"So far there are a total of 286 cases that have been identified," he said.

"Most of those on Yap Island, several cases on an adjacent attol, Ulithi attol, and there have been about just under 70 admissions to the hospital, secondary to this outbreak."

The Marshall Islands had a similiar outbreak recently, with 600 people treated."

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