Dengue Fever question

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Jun 24th, 2009, 10:51 PM
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Dengue Fever question

I am ready to book my vacation to the Cook Islands for November 2009. There is currently a bad outbreak of Dengue Fever. What are the chances that it will be cleared up by November?
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Jun 24th, 2009, 11:19 PM
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Currently? I thought it was under control. November could be wet and the mosquitoes out in force again. If someone brings it in, ...
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Jun 25th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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Where did you read of the outbreak sparkle for though there was a report earlier this year [Australia also having quite a few cases], doesn't seem any follow up news I could see.
http://pdmin.coe-dmha.org/apdosr/apd...m?newsid=26713

And www.health.gov.ck was not opening for me.
www.ciherald.co.ck does not show anything though if budgeting problems and hanging onto OLTFEC since 2008 and now thoughts of returning them is any indication of what's going on, maybe the gov server is defunct too!

Maybe Erin will sort them out.
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Jul 16th, 2009, 10:42 AM
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Hi,

I had first learned of the outbreak on trip advisor. Here is a link to the discussion:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...k_Islands.html
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Jul 16th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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According to posts on TA it looks as though numbers of cases are on the decline which you would expect with cooler weather.

Just how much they have got on top of it will remain to be seen I suppose as to whether the mossies are just less active for now.

That CI health web site is now up and running and though nothing is on their site about DF, they have an Ask a Doctor facility there - have put in a question and I'll post their answer.
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Aug 10th, 2009, 04:09 AM
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Hi Bushranger,
Have you had a reply to your Ask a Doctor inquiry? I just sent in a question and will post if they respond.
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Aug 13th, 2009, 06:57 AM
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I found some excellent information on Dengue Fever in the Cook Islands. Here is a link:

http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/...ue_toOct07.pdf
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Aug 13th, 2009, 02:41 PM
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Some extracts from the above just in case a certain agumentative poster is watching.
"The two black-and-white stripped mosquitoes that bite during the day are Aedes species,
Aedes polynesiensis and Aedes aegypti, and they both transmit dengue"

Please note that A.p. does not occur in Australia.

"Both Aedes use containers around dwellings, but Aedes polynesiensis
also breeds in holes in trees and small natural containers throughout the mountains and
on the motu/islets. Aedes aegypti is a domestic mosquito - it breeds only near dwellings
and commonly rests inside dwellings."

A.a. behaves the same way in Australia and throughout its distribution.
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