Dengue fever outbreak in Cook Island: A rising concern, efforts, challenges, and future recommendations

J Med Virol. 2021 Jul 21. doi: 10.1002/jmv.27223. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

The Cook Island government has made several efforts to ensure zero confirmed cases and transmission of COVID-19, especially among visiting travelers. However, the Cook Island ministry of health has to deal with the new strain of dengue fever outbreak, known as dengue fever type 2 (DEN-2), by adopting several measures to control its spread, especially in the affected parts of the subtropical country. This paper aims to describe the dengue fever response taken in Cook Island and suggest recommendations to control the risk of transmission in endemic parts of the world.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cook Island; DEN-2; dengue fever; endemic; outbreak; travelers.