The high season for dengue fever in Fiji traditionally arrives with the rainy season in November and continues throughout April. We expect to see more cases of dengue fever during this period this year, especially given the heavy rains in the Western Division.
The increased rainfall can fill containers with water to create breeding grounds for mosquitos, which can carry the dengue virus. As a result, there is an increased risk of dengue fever outbreak.
As part of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services’ clean-up campaign, the Ministry is urging communities around Fiji to be proactive about emptying water containers, covering water drums and tanks and disposing of unused tyres, drums and other water containers to combat mosquito breeding and limit the spread of the dengue virus.
The Ministry also recommends the use of DEET containing mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito bites.
The Ministry also strongly urges all Fijians to seek urgent medical attention if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with dengue fever. The full list of symptoms of dengue fever are detailed at the end of this statement and in the accompanying fact sheet.
Mosquito surveys conducted in January by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Central and Western Division reported that mosquitos are reproducing at high levels that increase the risk posed by the spread of the dengue virus, particularly in Suva, Lami, Nasinu, Nadi, and Lautoka.
The elimination of mosquito breeding places needs to become a routine activity for all of us. We urge every Fijian to take heed of this advice to help combat the spread of the dengue virus.