By Ruci Farrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation mosquito and regular health inspections and a healthy inter-island rivalry in the Cook Islands have kept vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya and zika at bay.
The widespread outbreak of dengue has placed Pacific health authorities on alert and searching for new ways of combatting dengue.
Cook Islands public health inspector Geoffery Moekapiti says an all government approach to vector control has kept the country free of dengue for the last three years.
"We have this programme, Tutaka, compulsory to all the islands which is an environmental inspection of all premises, residential, commercial properties which involves lots of areas, waste management, water quality also sanitation."
Moekapiti is currently in Auckland for workshops on vector control.