State Health Minister Abdul Bari Abdulla was unable to confirm whether the ministry had issued dengue alert today.
Earlier today, Haveeru reported that the Health ministry had issued a warning over a recurring dengue outbreak in the Maldives. Hospitals have seen an increase in the number of reported and admitted dengue cases over the last three weeks.
The report stated that heavy rains are sustaining mosquito breeding activities, and that Maldivians should be aware of the increased risk of contracting the illness.
An outbreak in July made 2011 the worst year for dengue fever on record with 11 fatalities since January.
A task force headed by Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Abdullah Nazeer, was appointed to handle the outbreak. The Ministry of Health did not assume control of the situation for a week after the outbreak began.
At the time, Dr Nazeer told Minivan News that the government faced two obstacles in its response to the outbreak.
In 2006, dengue claimed ten lives. This year’s earlier outbreak fatality rate surpassed that record when a 22-year old man died in late July. A 37-year old Indian national also died of dengue fever that month.
The ministry said 2421 cases were reported in August this year, Haveeru reports.