Dengue continues to spread

While the Marshall Islands contends with an ongoing dengue fever outbreak, it is also focusing on preventing measles — a health problem affecting many of the RMI’s Pacific neighbors. Here, people line up at the Ministry of Health to obtain measles vaccines. Photo: Eve Burns.

Despite the ban on travel to outer islands being ended, the dengue problem continues to hit Majuro hard. The number of cases are piling up, with over 20 new suspected and confirmed cases seen at Majuro hospital on several days over the past week.
The RMI is nearing 2,000 dengue cases. Ebeye has not reported any new cases in over a month.

Meanwhile, since the travel ban was lifted, dengue cases were identified in Maloelap and Mili atolls. Pohnpei health authorities told their RMI colleagues that a person traveling from Majuro arrived in Pohnpei this past week needing medical care and was confirmed as a dengue case.

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