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Dengue Outbreak Over

The dengue outbreak in the Cook Islands is now officially over.

There have been no confirmed cases reported since early September, with only two probable cases reported in the six weeks from mid-September to the end of October.

Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki Brown together with Te Marae Ora would like to thank the public for their efforts in helping bring this outbreak under control.

“While it has taken some time, we are of course very pleased with this result and the ministry appreciates the work that has been done by members of our communities, our in the puna and government agencies and all those who joined the various clean-up operations over this period,” says Minister Brown.

Te Marae Ora would also like to remind the public that while the dengue outbreak has now been declared over, we must still remain vigilant.

“The best way for people to play their part in the prevention of another dengue outbreak is by keeping their yards and outdoor areas clean and eliminating potential mosquito resting and breeding sites” said acting Secretary of Health Dr Tereapii Uka.

From the time of the initial declaration of a dengue outbreak in February 2019, 380 probable or confirmed cases were reported across the Cook Islands, including six in Aitutaki and five in Pukapuka. Of those, 77 people were admitted to hospital but no deaths were attributed to dengue infection.

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