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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Alarming increase in cases of dengue fever in Colombia

Via Colombia Reports :

" Reported cases of dengue fever in Colombia have more than doubled since last year, according to the government.

As of Feb 11, 5,174 cases of dengue fever were reported, compared to 2,222 for the same period last year. Of the cases reported, 51 have been deemed serious and the fever has led to at least two deaths.

Health Minister Beatriz LondoƱo and National Health Institute director Juan Gonzalo Lopez issued a statement requesting health officials to be extra vigilant in their treatment, prevention, and reporting of the disease.

The departments with the largest number of reported cases are Huila (14%), Meta (10%), Valle (8%) and Caqueta (8%)."

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