Dengue fever is here, find out how to stay safe

Dengue fever is here, find out how to stay safe

Dengue fever is here, find out how to stay safe

Updated 7 January 2014, 13:38 AEST

More than 400 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Fiji alone since the start of November last year. Here are the signs you need to watch for.

Across the Pacific, health authorities are warning people to be on the look out for mosquito borne diseases.

The authorities are worried a strain of dengue not seen for 20 years could be spreading with people moving from urban to rural areas during the fesitive period.

Dengue fever has many symptomsm, and people usually experience a combination of them.

Common symptoms of dengue fever are:

  • Sudden fever and extreme tiredness.
  • Intense headache, especially behind the eyes.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
  • A red rash or small, flat red spots.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately.

 

Source: Queensland Government website.

 

Presenter: Brendan Arrow

Speaker: Dr Eric Nilles, World Health Organisation

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