Dengue outbreak in Marshall Islands

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Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine signed a proclamation ordering all government departments and agencies to coordinate relief efforts to affected communities in the RMI.

In regional news, the Marshall Islands government recently declared a state of health emergency following the outbreak of dengue fever in the area.

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine signed a proclamation ordering all government departments and agencies to coordinate relief efforts to affected communities in the RMI.

The president issued the declaration following an advisory from the Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Health and Human Services, who reported that a total of 64 dengue-like illnesses were identified during the period May 22 to August 6, 2019.

Out of that number, health officials declared 24 cases as probable, with one case confirmed by the Hawaii State Laboratory. All 64 diagnosed with dengue-like illnesses reside in Ebeye, the most populous island in Kwajalein Atoll. None of the 64 reported cases have any travel history outside of the Marshall Islands.

The Ministry of Health is urging the public to practice the recommended 3-S for dengue prevention, namely; search and eliminate, self-protection, and seek early consultation.

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