Feb. 22, 2011, 9:13 a.m.
February 10, 2011
Agence France-Presse reports on efforts to contain the dengue outbreak in Peru, which a health official from northeastern Peru told the news service has infected "[s]ome 13,000 people," leading to the hospitalization of 1,600 and the deaths of 14 since the start of the year. "Health officials in Iquitos, Peru's main city on the Amazon river located some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of Lima, has launched a fumigation program in an attempt to diminish the number of mosquitos," according to the news service (2/8). According to Digital Journal, "[t]he new strain of dengue is particularly dangerous to children." The article describes the uptick in the number of dengue cases in Australia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, as well as dengue prevention efforts in the Phillippines, where it is endemic (Wallis, 2/8).