Thursday, July 1, 2010

War on Dengue

On Tuesday, Guatemalan authorities held an event in the Parque Central in order to raise awareness of dengue fever.  There was music, free t-shirts, and food as well as approximatel 100 soldiers in the audience.  Dengue has been a serious problem this year.

Guatemalan health authorities issued a red alert and began a drive to reduce the rising number of dengue cases and growing Aedes Aegipty mosquito population reported in the first six months of the year.
As of June 19, official statistics recorded 4,391 confirmed cases, including 98 of the hemorrhagic strain, compared to 1,133 in a similar period in 2009.
The largest numbers of cases were reported in the departments of Jutiapa, Zacapa, Santa Rosa, Chiquimula, Escuintla, Suchitepequez, Guatemala, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.
The government campaign, which consists of fumigating and eliminating the mosquito's breeding sites, involves every institution and the population, plus training medical personnel and paramedics to deliver timely, life-saving diagnosis and treatment.

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