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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Health alert in Bolivia after teen dies from plague

Via AFP (hosted by Google) :

" LA PAZ : Bolivia declared a health alert Tuesday in northern La Paz department after a 14-year-old boy died from bubonic plague, the Health Ministry said.

An emergency plan will "increase health controls and prevention programs... in communities where an increase of rodents and fleas has been reported," regional Health Minister Rene Barrientos said.

So far, eight cases of bubonic plague, including the death of the teenager, have been reported in Apolo, a town with 5,000 inhabitants bordering Peru, where three people have died after an outbreak of plague in the past two months."

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