Statement by the department of health and medical services Nauru – dengue virus

The Department of Health and Medical Services has updated information regarding the incidence of dengue fever reported in the Republic of Nauru.

The virus was identified as Dengue Serotype 2 (DENV2) and the outbreak was not regarded as severe in the vast majority of cases.

There are four types of dengue virus and none are treatable in the initial stages except for administering supportive measures, which include taking pain relievers for fever, anti-inflammatory medications for joint pain, and drinking plenty of water.

Often the initial stage of the virus will be resolved within days.

In the period from January 1, 2017 to March 30, 2017 there were 901 reported cases of dengue on Nauru and about one third of those were confirmed to have contracted DENV2. This number included approximately 70 people from our refugee community.

The dengue continued through the end of April before tapering off, which is a normal outcome with the continuation of spraying and fogging programs.

A maintenance program has since been implemented to control further outbreaks and the situation is under control.

The public needs to be vigilant and continue to take precautions, such as ensuring the environment around their homes is clear of water receptacles including tyres, cans, bottles and leaves as the mosquitos are here year-round and we are especially vulnerable after heavy rainfalls when they can lay their larvae.

Anyone with suspected dengue symptoms is advised to seek medical advice from RoN Hospital.