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Red Cross reports of dealing with dengue fever outbreak in Vanuatu

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According to the new report from Vanuatu Red Cross Society, in November 2016 the Vanuatu Ministry of Health (MoH) observed an increase in the reported number of dengue fever cases in the country.

Like other Pacific Island countries and territories, Vanuatu is prone to dengue outbreaks. The country has experienced five major outbreaks since 1970, the worst of which occurred in 1989 with over 3,000 admissions and 12 deaths. Since the 1989 outbreak, the government has upgraded its surveillance and control system and developed dengue preparedness plans.

On 30 December 2016 the MoH declared a dengue outbreak and as of 31 May 2017, a total of 2,820 suspected cases had been reported to the MoH during the outbreak period, the report says. 641 cases were confirmed positive.

In accordance with the request of the MoH and Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), this DREF (Disaster Relief Emergency Fund) operation was supporting the VRCS to focus on the islands of Emae (Shefa province) and Malekula (Malampa province).

The full report is available here.