Short report: prevalence of patients with acute febrile illnesses and positive dengue ns1 tests in a tertiary hospital in Papua New Guinea

Asigau, Viola, Lavu, Evelyn K., McBride, William J.H., Biloh, Eric, Naroi, Francis, Koana, Egi, Ferguson, John K., and Laman, Moses (2015) Short report: prevalence of patients with acute febrile illnesses and positive dengue ns1 tests in a tertiary hospital in Papua New Guinea. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92 (1). pp. 72-74.

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Abstract

[Extract] Because the prevalence of dengue fever in urban settings in Papua New Guinea is unknown, we investigated the presence of dengue using the NS1 antigen test in an outpatient-based prospective observational study at Port Moresby General Hospital. Of 140 patients with acute febrile illnesses, dengue fever was diagnosed in 14.9% (20 of 134; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] = 9.6–22.4). Malaria (2 of 137; 1.5%; 95% CI = 0.3–5.7), chikungunya (3 of 140; 2.1%; 95% CI = 0.6–6.6), and bacterial bloodstream infections (0 of 80; 0%; 95% CI = 0–5.7) were uncommon. Dengue fever should no longer be considered rare in Papua New Guinea.

Item ID: 37953
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-1645
Keywords: Papua New Guinea, dengue
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 16:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110804 Medical Virology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111715 Pacific Peoples Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920308 Pacific Peoples Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
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