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Dengue mosquito police

We had a visit from the anti-Dengue authorities today. They looked at our garden to see if there are any places that mosquitoes could breed. Apparently we have 18 cases of Dengue in our block and they were surprised we have not had it in our family yet.

We need to keep burning the spirals and plugging in the mossi killer.

New York Times reports on Dengue

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Dengue Fever Hits Paraguay

By REUTERS
Published: March 4, 2007

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay, March 2 — A Supreme Court justice, soccer players and a senator have come down with dengue in Paraguay, as the worst outbreak in the country’s history hit the well off as well as its usual victims among the poor.

On Friday, a nurse who worked with the public health service died after being hospitalized for dengue.

Ten people have died in Paraguay, which had never had a dengue death before, and more than 15,000 have been infected in the last two months. The dengue virus causes high fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and potentially fatal internal bleeding.

Brazil and Bolivia are also fighting major dengue outbreaks and, like Paraguay, have declared health alerts. The outbreaks are thought to be linked to unusually hot and rainy weather that has allowed the mosquito that carries the disease, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, to proliferate.

“We’re really scared,” said Amalia Benítez, an herb vendor in Asunción, ca…

BBC NEWS - Dengue sparks Paraguay emergency

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The Dengue Fever has now made international news. Today this report was on the BBC

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Dengue sparks Paraguay emergency

Paraguay has declared a 60-day state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever which has killed at least 10 people in the past two months.Officials say 14,654 people have been diagnosed with dengue. But doctors say the figure is 10 times higher, and are worried about a new more virulent variant of the disease. Read more.
The other day a young SAMS volunteer who has only been in the country a month was hospitalized with Dengue. He had been ill then started developing nose bleeds. The missionary family has was staying with were pretty worried it could be hemorrhagic Dengue so they took him straight to hospital. After a day of test and a night in hospital for observation he was allowed home again. It looks like a bad case of classic Dengue.

We also took Eiljah and Hannah for Yellow Fever vaccines last weekend. There already is Ye…