Honduras Declares Dengue Fever Alert

July 13, 2007

TEGUCIGALPA – The Honduran Health Ministry has declared an alert in the capital due to an increase in dengue cases.

Deputy Health Minister Carlos Aguilar said officials agreed to take additional measures in the Tegucigalpa metropolitan area because “this is where the largest number of cases have been found.”

So far this year, at least two people have died and 134 cases of hemorrhagic dengue have been registered, while 3,878 cases of classic dengue have been reported in the Central American country, Aguilar told a local radio news program.

Dengue is a serious viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is characterized by high fever, intense headaches, muscle pain, gastrointestinal problems and rashes.

Hemorrhagic dengue, in addition to having symptoms associated with classic dengue, like fever, headaches and joint pain, can also eventually result in internal bleeding and requires hospitalization.

Aguilar, who did not reveal how many cases occurred in Tegucigalpa, said the alert was declared with the goal of “getting out in front of this problem so that it does not get out of hand.”

The official noted, however, that “the cases we have continue to be well below the big epidemics we’ve had in prior years.”

In 2006, six of the at least 172 people who came down with hemorrhagic dengue died, while some 7,800 cases of classic dengue were registered in Honduras.

The deputy health minister said the state of alert would allow authorities to dedicate more personnel, medicines, supplies and equipment to dealing with dengue cases at Tegucigalpa’s public hospitals.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
38 views
The Alvarado Administration
38 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica
Arts & Culture
62 views
Arts & Culture
62 views

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica

Mitzi Stark - May 21, 2018

May 18 is International Museum Day, and Costa Rica celebrated with 31 mini-museums all in one at the Casa del…

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results
Latin America
92 views
Latin America
92 views

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results

AFP - May 21, 2018

Costa Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results…