SUVA, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Fiji has recorded 2,137 dengue fever cases since October last year, the government announced Thursday, reminding the public to take precautions against the tropical disease and maintain clean surroundings.
"As recorded dengue positive cases now stand at 2,137, the Ministry (of Health) is intensifying all areas of support and awareness to control this figure and to inform the public on how best to avoid dengue fever," the Ministry of Information said in a statement.
Because mosquitoes breed in areas that hold stagnant water, the public must ensure that any material holding stagnant water either be destroyed or emptied, the Health Ministry underscored, adding that by following simple cleaning routines, people can destroy dengue mosquito breeding places.
The Health Ministry was also reminding members of the public that the symptoms of dengue fever include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding. Those suspected cases should be presented to the nearest health facility for diagnosis and treatment.
Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus and the virus is spread from dengue infected individuals to well dengue-free persons by the black-and-white striped female Aedes aegypti mosquito when it takes a blood meal.