A dengue fever outbreak on the South Pacific archipelago of Fiji has prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel notice for island nation.

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From January 2017 to April 2017, 913 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases have been identified on Fiji, including a fatality,  prompting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to declare an outbreak. Most of the cases were recorded on the main island of Viti Levu.

National Advisor for Communicable Diseases, Mike Kama, said that ten percent of people with dengue this year needed to be hospitalized.

The CDC says there is no vaccine or medicine currently available in the United States to prevent or treat dengue, which is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Travelers to Fiji should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue.