Six people isolated as Palau fights to beat dengue

Six people remain in isolation at a Palau hospital as the country continues to wrestle with a dengue fever outbreak.

Health minister Imaes Roberts said those in hospital are not in a critical condition and there have been no deaths related to the latest dengue type 3 outbreak which was detected last month.

Mr Roberts said five people died from the mosquito borne disease in 2016 but he said he's confident the latest outbreak will be contained.

He said the public has taken preventative measures against mosquitoes but says recent rain has not helped.

He praised the public's response to clean-up and awareness campaigns regarding preventative measures against mosquitoes.

The minister said the weather has not helped the situation, with rain impacting the island for the last few days.

"We try to tell everybody to limit their travels especially this time and just to do the clean-up effort.

"If we're fortunate so the weather would change, we might get out of this a little bit sooner. But right now the weather is still exactly the same."

Imaes Roberts said the latest outbreak is centred around Koror city with 41 of the 57 cases reported there.