Aug. 24, 2010, 10:50 a.m.
TEGUCIGALPA - The death toll from hemorrhagic dengue fever in Honduras rose to 57 after the the death of an 8-month-old child was confirmed on Sunday, the Ministry of Health reported.
According to the ministry's National Certification Commission for Dengue, 14 deaths from the hermorrhagic strain of the virus were registered in the past week.
Likewise, the ministry said dengue fever patients now number more than 40,000, while the hemorrhagic version of the disease has affected more than 2,000 people.
Most of the deaths were in Tegucigalpa, a city with more than one million people, most of whom live in poor neighborhoods and overcrowded conditions.
The northern zone was the second most-affected by the epidemic, caused by the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the disease.
However, heath authorities reported a slight tendency towards fewer cases, although the death toll from the hemorrhagic variety is rising.
This epidemic is considered to be the most serious faced by Honduras in the last three decades.
Public and private institutions are maintaining a national prevention campaign to stop the spread of the virus, whose incidence has worsened with the beginning of the rainy season in Central America.