SUVA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Vanuatu has confirmed 210 dengue cases out of a total of over 1,300 suspected ones, the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Health, together with all health centers and clinics around the Pacific island country, is "doing their very best" to combat and eliminate the disease, said the report.
Health authorities continue appealing to the public throughout Vanuatu to report to the nearest medical or health centers as soon as possible, if they notice or suspect symptoms as advised by the Ministry of Health.
Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus, which is spread from dengue infected individuals to well dengue-free persons by the black-and-white striped female Aedes aegypti mosquito when it takes a blood meal.
Once an individual contracts dengue, the person manifests symptoms of the disease four to 10 days later. The typical symptoms of dengue fever include fever (sudden onset), intense headache (especially behind the eyes), muscle and joint pains, flushed skin or rashes on the arms and legs, and perhaps minor bleeding of the gums and/or nose.