Marshall Islands coping with dengue outbreak

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The Marshall Islands government enforced an emergency health declaration in August following an increase in dengue case counts in the outer islands.

The Marshall Islands government is facing a public health crisis as it continues to mitigate an ongoing dengue outbreak.

The Marshall Islands government enforced an emergency health declaration in August following an increase in dengue case counts in the outer islands. The declaration was extended around November. At that time, the RMI Ministry reported 1,165 dengue-like illnesses with 393 cases confirmed as dengue.

The most recent reports showed numbers have doubled since then. According to a Jan. 26 case report, more than 2,300 dengue-like illnesses had already been detected in the Marshall Islands so far.

Out of that number, 944 have been confirmed as dengue through laboratory testing. So far, one death has been reported and one severe dengue patient was evacuated out of the country for further medical assistance, according to the RMI Ministry of Health.

The RMI government, according to a report from Radio New Zealand, recently received assistance from AmeriCares, a US volunteer organization whose medical team assisted patients in the hospital in Majuro.

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