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Another person diagnosed with dengue in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/01/2018

 

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a new case of dengue fever in Tonga, increasing the number of patients from 2 -3 just this month.   AF

 

The Supervising Public Health Inspector – Sela Fa’u says, the latest case was a 15 year old girl from Holonga after it was confirmed yesterday.

 

Sela Fa’u says the patient was from New Zealand and she’s been in Tonga for nearly a month.

 

Health officials are tracing how she got the disease as there are  concerns that the virus is already in the country and it can spread fast.

 

A national cleaning up campaign is scheduled for next month to destroy all the mosquito breeding areas throughout Tongatapu.

 

The cleaning campaign will begin from the areas where the patients of dengue fever are residing.

 

Two week ago, the ministry recorded the first two cases of dengue in Tofoa. One of them was a foreigner.

 

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus spread by mosquitoes.

 

Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection, it includes high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and skin rash.

 

In some cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue fever, resulting in bleeding where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

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