The Ministry of Health (MOH) had reported that one person died recently due to the dengue epidemic in Palau, seven months after the health institution declared an outbreak on December 7, 2018.

In a recent report dated July 11, the MOH said that the patient died  due to complications of dengue fever. The MOH, however, did not provide further details about the case.

Island Times tried to contact Health Minister Emais Robert to ask for a statement but is still awaiting response as of press time.

The MOH revealed that a total of 28 new cases of dengue fever had been recorded from July 1-7, bringing the total of those that contracted dengue fever to over 264 people since the declaration of the outbreak in December 2018.

In the 2017 dengue outbreak in Palau, the MOH had recorded a total of 490 cases and five deaths attributed to dengue. It was reported that those who contracted the disease and died had pre-existing conditions and suffered complications.

The MOH had continuously reminded the public to practice the recommended measures to prevent the spread of dengue.

MOH had emphasized that the public should practice the 3S: search and eliminate mosquito breeding sites, self-protection measures, and to seek early consultation if experiencing the identified symptoms of dengue fever.

Among the symptoms of dengue fever include sudden high fever, severe headache and backache, chills, body ache, joint and muscle pain, experiencing pain when moving the eyes, appetite loss and vomiting.

Aside from sending weekly situation report on dengue outbreak, the MOH is also intensifying its dengue awareness campaign by launching a short video clip on dengue prevention. The MOH is eyeing to release the video through various channels such as social media and television. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)