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Argentina Faces ‘Really Worrisome’ Dengue Problem

October 17th, 2010 | Categoría: Other, Travel

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Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur warned Friday that the mosquito transmitted illness dengue could become a serious problem for the country this summer.

“We’re facing a situation that is much graver in magnitude than it was a year ago because of the presence of dengue in countries on our border,” Manzur said at a meeting of provincial health ministers. “The dengue situation is really worrisome.”

Manzur, who said “health has no borders,” has been working in the triple frontier region in a bid to prevent the spread of mosquitos that transmit the illness to people in Argentina.

Given the presence of dengue in neighboring countries the most important thing we can do is prevent the spread of mosquitos that transmit the infection to people.

As of September 9, Brazil had about 942,000 cases of dengue, including 367 deaths, Argentina’s Health Ministry said, citing data from the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO.

In Paraguay, the cases totaled almost 8,300 with 15 deaths. In Argentina, the number of cases by the same date was 1,059 with no deaths.

According to the PAHO:

“Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness, and sometimes a potentially lethal complication called dengue hemorrhagic fever. Global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades. Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. There is no specific treatment for dengue, but appropriate medical care frequently saves the lives of patients with the more serious dengue haemorrhagic fever. The only way to prevent dengue virus transmission is to combat the disease-carrying mosquitoes.”

The World Health Organization estimates that the world has around 50 million dengue cases every year. The infection is now endemic is 100 countries.

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7 Comments

Taos – I’m glad your posting again. Yours is one of the informed blogs on the country I know of.

taosNo Gravatar says:

Thanks, man! I appreciate that.

Paul StroblNo Gravatar says:

I’d like to second that. Keeps me from buying a Clarin (god for bid!)

taosNo Gravatar says:

Thank you, Paul!

Dana FitzNo Gravatar says:

I third the above kudos- really enjoy what you do (the TV travels and IPhone vids were great!) and appreciate the news/info updates. Thank you!

samNo Gravatar says:

Great time for a garbage strike — eh?

Mother's day says:

For mosquitos ?
Get extract of citronella and add few drops to your regular cologne.
Spray it all over and no mosquitos will get near you.
Citronelle is not as nasty as off.
Get a plant of citronella in your balcony or near you…
Also remember that el rio de la plata is still waiting for a clean up, of the toxic waste and rats and your name it….Greenpeace gave millions of dollars for the rio de la plata be cleanead up…

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