The Caribbean region has been warned
by a dengue fever alert issued
by the Pan American Health
Organisation. Although dengue fever is endemic to the
region, so far the periodic
outbreaks have been caused
only by dengue viruses of the
1, 2 and 4 strains. However,
experts fear the worst is yet
to come, since the fatal
dengue virus 3 has been
discovered in Nicaragua
and Panama. "A serious
outbreak of dengue fever in
the region could have adverse economic as well as
human consequences," warns World Health Organisation epidemiologist Keith
Barbados has been quick to respond to the warning. The island nation has begun a clean-up campaign to destroy the breeding grounds of the aedes aegypti mosquito - tanks, barrels, old containers and tyres - which transmits the fever.
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