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Latino Daily News

Monday July 19, 2010

Dengue Fever Warning Issued for Americans Traveling to HONDURAS

As a result of 21 dengue fever deaths in Honduras , the American Embassy there issued a warning to American’s already living there or planning on traveling to the country.  Honduras is one of several Latin American countries besieged by dengue outbreak this year. 

Dengue fever has been reported from Argentina to El Salvador to Puerto Rico and even Mexico has reported 16 recent cases. Colombia and Venezuela had the most reported cases for the South American region whereas Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico reported the most cases for Central America.  The majority of dengue fever reports for Americans living in the U.S. have come from those traveling from infected areas. 

Honduras, like other Central and South American countries are implementing public fumigation programs and eliminating any source of open water.  The general public in these affected regions are being informed on the symptoms to be on the watch for: high fever, lower back muscle pain, rashes and nose or gum bleeding.  The World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control is closely monitoring Honduras and other regions to see where the disease is likely to go next. 


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