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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dengue update: 32 cases in Peru's capital

Via Living in Peru, excerpt :

" The number of patients infected with dengue in Lima rose to 32 this week, with the majority having recently traveled from Iquitos, Peru’s ministry of health reported today.

The virus is carried by the mosquito species Aedes aegypti. In Iquitos, the number of victims is around 20,000.

Health minister Oscar Ugarte told authorities and citizens not the let down their guard, reminding the public that Lima is still in a state of “yellow alert.”Due to its numerous green spaces, cemeteries and plant nurseries, La Molina is one of the districts with the highest risk of spreading dengue.

In particular, one of the prime mosquito breeding areas is the Lagunas de Rinconada. It was there that Ugarte initiated the prevention campaign in the district yesterday, fumigating the shores of the lake where mosquitos grow and reproduce."

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