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Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Dengue fears prompt Paraguay officials to issue an epidemiological alert in Asuncion

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The Municipal Board of Asuncion, Paraguay issued an epidemiological dengue alert in light of increases in the number of cases of the mosquito borne disease in the city, according to a Latin America Information Agency report Dec. 27.

According to the report, there has been more than 30,000 infections and 70 deaths reported this year and health officials have expressed fears of starting the New Year with a dengue epidemic.

In addition to the epidemiological alert, judicial orders were issued that will allow “municipal brigades to intervene in vacant lots and land without permission of the owners, imposing fees for work performed in the absence of action by those owners”, during the next two months.

Paraguay Health Minister Antonio Arbo said that over the holiday season, outbreaks of dengue were recorded in several slum districts in the area.

The summer months in Paraguay are from September to March. The hot summer in Paraguay with temperatures above 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, is traditionally the season with stronger outbreaks of dengue.

Dengue fever is caused by one of four different but related viruses. It is spread by the bite of mosquitoes, most commonly the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which is found in tropic and subtropic regions.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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