SUVA (FBC NEWS) —There have been more than 2,500 cases of Dengue fever so far this year with one death recorded by Fiji’s Health Ministry.

Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says dengue is a worrying disease as it not only poses a threat to all Fijians but also to the tourism sector.

With the rapid rise in Dengue Fever around the world, Dr Waqainabete revealed in parliament today that more than a hundred countries have had a dengue epidemic.

“Dengue in Fiji is not a new disease. It was first described in 1885. We’ve also had several epidemics in between. One of the largest was in 1998-1999, where we had 13,000 Fijians and we lost about 13 people. The other big epidemic was in 2012 – 2013 and 2014-2015 where we’ve had 16 deaths. Last year, we had 2 deaths from dengue. So we’re beginning to see that even though around the world dengue is causing a lot of mobility and mortality – we’ve been able to control the mortality locally and also the mobility.”

Opposition Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka questioned the Minister if Fiji’s dengue fever situation is becoming a serious concern.

“Is dengue bad enough to attract WHO’s attention so that it puts out those travel advisories and we include in our invitation for people to come here – like we used to have with people going into Malaria infected areas. Will we have some injections or tablets when they’re there and a few days after we leave.”

Dr Waqainabete says in Fiji’s case – there are no tablets for dengue fever as the situation is not as bad as other countries. (PACNEWS)