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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Peru : Dengue fever red alert in Amazon

Via ABC News :

" Health authorities have declared a red alert in Peru's northern Amazon jungle region following the outbreak of a "very aggressive" dengue strain that has killed 14 people and sickened thousands.

Dengue is endemic to the jungle region but until now Peru has largely dealt with the American strain of the disease.

"[Authorities are facing] a new variety that we did not know in Peru and that probably entered from Brazil via the Amazon," health minister Oscar Ugarte told local reporters.

About 13,000 people have been infected and at least 1,600 people have been hospitalised for treatment, a health official in Loreto, in north-eastern Peru, told AFP.

There is no vaccine for dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease."

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