Outbreak of chikungunya virus affects 10,000 people in Tonga
"Tongan health authorities say there's been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus affecting more than 10,000 people across the country.
It's the first time Tonga has had an outbreak of the virus, which causes acute fever and joint pain.
The director of Tonga's ministry of health Dr Siale Akau'ola is urging people to take the necessary precautions.
"So we're trying to encourage people to do a clean-up, spray for the vector and keep safe. Sleep in mosquito nets so that they are not bitten by the mosquito."
Dr Akau'ola says Tonga is receiving help from the World Health Organisation and he's confident authorities are on top of the disease.
"It's a major outbreak but I think we feel that it's at its peak now. We are hopeful that it will start to go down within the coming few weeks."
Retrieved from ABC NEWS at 6:56 am 30/4/2014 Thanks. New World