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Zika outbreak in New Caledonia passes peak

Zika outbreak in New Caledonia passes peak

Updated 2 May 2014, 8:43 AEST

A major outbreak of the mosquito-borne zika virus in New Caledonia has passed its peak.

The infection is rarely serious, with symptoms including a moderate fever, joint pains and a red rash, but the rate of infection in recent weeks has been a cause for concern.

The department of health is anxious that the people of New Caledonia remain vigilant against the mosquito, particularly after dengue type three made its first appearence in the territory for the first time in 20 years.

Dr.Jean-Paul Grangeon says the surge in zika cases is linked to carrier from Tahiti.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr Jean-Paul Grangeon, Department of Health and Social Affairs, New Caledonia

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