DENGUE EMERGENCY EXTENDED IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

DENGUE EMERGENCY EXTENDED IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

Posted by : Quoting Radio New Zealand Posted on : 07-Oct-2019

Marshall Islands extends dengue health emergency

Quoting Radio New Zealand – 7 October 2019

“The Marshall Islands extended its declaration of a national health emergency for another month Friday as dengue fever cases continue to mount.

“While cases of dengue fever on Ebeye Island have dropped to a daily trickle, Majuro continues to see high numbers, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health and Human Services.

“President Hilda Heine signed the second one-month extension of the declaration of health emergency, which will see it extend to early November.

“Ebeye is where the dengue outbreak started, with the first case reported in late May.

“The numbers took off in late July, and at peak in early August, Ebeye hospital was seeing 10-to-15 people per day with confirmed and suspected dengue fever.

“Since September 15, there have been several days with no reported cases and the most has been three on one day, with most days the past two weeks showing one or two.

“As of Friday, the ministry reported 661 confirmed and suspected cases of dengue in Majuro and Ebeye, the two urban centres.”

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