Suva, Fiji (4E) – Fiji is experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever, as three people have already been killed and others have been hospitalized.
For the first time all four known serotypes of the virus are active in the region, threatening the severe and potentially deadly dengue haemorrhagic fever, according to New Zealand news.
Reports from around the Pacific show a dengue epidemic has the potential to hit New Zealand, having already swept through northern Queensland, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and the Solomon Islands.
In Fiji, there have been 2589 confirmed cases.
There has already been an increase in the number of cases being reported in New Zealand.