Dengue epidemic declared in New Caledonia

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New Caledonia has declared an epidemic of dengue fever.

More than 100 people have contracted the mosquito-borne disease since the beginning of November.

Most infections have been recorded in the Noumea area, where about 20 people a week are getting infected.

The spread of the disease is attributed to the hot and humid weather.

As a result, people are being asked to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and to use repellents.

The last such epidemic in New Caledonia was declared in February.


SOURCE: RADIO NZ

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