Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bowing to the Inevitable

I'm just going to infect myself and get this over with.

Deadly Hemorrhagic Form of Dengue Fever Up In Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The deadly hemorrhagic form of dengue fever is increasing dramatically in Mexico, and experts predict a surge throughout Latin America fueled by climate change, migration and faltering mosquito eradication efforts.

Overall dengue cases have increased by more than 600 percent in Mexico since 2001, and worried officials are sending special teams to tourist resorts to spray pesticides and remove garbage and standing water where mosquitoes breed ahead of the peak Easter Week vacation season.

Even classic dengue — known as "bonebreak fever" — can cause severe flulike symptoms, excruciating joint pain, high fever, nausea and rashes.

More alarming is that a deadly hemorrhagic form of the disease, which adds internal and external bleeding to the symptoms — is becoming more common. It accounts for one in four cases in Mexico, compared with one in 50 seven years ago, according to Mexico's Public Health Department.

"Bonebreak fever" is the mild form of dengue?


Anonymous said...

I find it sad that the effort to control this is centered on the wealthy resort areas to protect the visitors.
What about helping the Mexican people who are most likely to come into contact with the mosquitos that carry the disese.

Oh, and about our plans to visit -I will have to be allowed to carry a suitcase full of Off!


Burro Hall said...

Sorry - three ounces only, and it must be in a plastic container withing in a sealed ziplock bag. What are you, al Qaeda?