8.10.2007

Dengue Fever Surging in Puerto Rico

Dengue fever surging in Puerto Rico
Mosquito-borne disease reaches worst levels since 1994 epidemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican health authorities warned Wednesday that the potentially deadly disease dengue fever was reaching epidemic proportions and called for a territory-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Enid Garcia-Rivera, the U.S. territory’s secretary of health and epidemiology, said 2,343 confirmed cases of dengue had been reported since the beginning of the year, more than double the number of cases reported in the same period last year and the most since the dengue epidemic of 1994.

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