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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dengue fever kills 13 in Honduras so far this year

Via Xinhua :

" TEGUCIGALPA, June 25 : At least 13 people have died of dengue fever this year as 10,200 others were hit by the disease, the Honduran Health Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry earlier in the week declared a state of emergency due to the increase of dengue cases.

Health Minister Arturo Bendana said that of the total reported dengue fever cases, 476 were of the hemorrhagic type.

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo led a nation-wide campaign aimed at eradicating the breeders of mosquitos, which are the carriers of the disease. All public offices are clearing areas of still water in their vicinity.

The president urged Hondurans to involve themselves in the campaign.

In 2009, the dengue fever killed 12 people in Honduras."

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