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Fiji claims tourists face little danger in dengue outbreak

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Fiji is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in 16 years, but authorities say tourists visiting tropical beaches face little risk.

Health officials in the Pacific island nation said Wednesday there have been 2,589 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus since the outbreak began in November. Two males, aged 17 and 35, have died.

Authorities have been spraying insecticide across the country to try and eradicate mosquito breeding areas and have started a public health campaign to remind people to clean out water containers, said government spokeswoman Sharon Smith Johns.

She said most cases have been reported near the capital, Suva, and in inland areas. There have been no outbreaks around the major resorts on the island of Denarau and the Coral Coast, she added.

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