Dengue Epidemic Hits South American Urban Centers

With the rainy season still to come, South America is already facing one of the largest dengue fever epidemics on record.

Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia’s Ministry of Health, told The Miami Herald that the current outbreak is “the largest epidemic in many years.”

During a daylong campaign in March, health and civic workers went door-to-door in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s largest city, asking homeowners to dispose of water-bearing containers — a prime habitat for the development of mosquitoes, the primary carrier of the disease.

But the preventive measures may have been too little, too late… Read complete article at Circle of Blue.

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