Tahiti's dengue-2 spread halted

Health authorities in French Polynesia say type-2 dengue no longer poses a threat to the community.

The health ministry said three cases of type-2 dengue were brought in from Vanuatu when Tahiti hosted the under-17 football world cup qualification games.

It said strict measures were adopted to contain the outbreak by checking the players' temperature and by spraying venues and accommodation used for the event.

It said a month later no secondary case has been registered and the alarm level has been lowered.

The ministry thanked the public for helping contain the outbreak.

However, the ministry said French Polynesia remained at risk of bringing in fresh infections as type-2 dengue was currently found in New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, American Samoa and Palau.