700,000 Hondurans at Risk of Hemorrhagic Dengu

700,000 Hondurans at Risk of Hemorrhagic DenguTegucigalpa, May 26. -More than 700,000 Hondurans who have had dengue fever once in their life are at risk of hemorrhagic dengue, said the Head of the National Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Roxana Araujo.

This is not to create panic, but to insist that we cannot stop taking preventive measures to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the transmitting agent of the disease, Dr. Araujo said.

Anyone who has had this virus is liable to be infected with hemorrhagic dengue, she said

Honduras has decreased dengue cases by almost 75 percent during the first five months of 2011, compared to the same period last year, according to Araujo.

Over 555,000 dengue cases have been reported until May and only five of hemorrhagic dengue. There were no fatalities, she said.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, poverty and climate change are two of the main causes of the spread of dengue in the region. (Prensa Latina)