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Areas of Honduras under state of emergency due to dengue outbreak

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mosquitoThe Health Department of Honduras has declared the state of emergency in 12 provinces due to the rise of dengue cases, a disease that is affecting on Saturday over 10,000 Hondurans with an increasing death toll.

The mosquito-spread illness is mainly affecting children, media report, adding 70 people have died due to the disease. Of them, 23 are children under 10 years of age.

The president of Honduras Medical College, Suyapa Figueroa, hit out at the government for having not declared the emergency last year and for holding doctors responsible instead of having done its duty.

In the past hours, the country's Health Minister, Alba Consuelo Flores, placed the departments of Atlantida, Colon, Comayagua, Copán, Cortes, Francisco Morazan, Intibuca, La Paz, Lempira, Olancho, Santa Barbara and Yoro under sanitation alert.

According to representative of the Pan American Health Organization in Honduras, Rodolfo Peña, this Central American country has 77 per cent of all serious dengue cases in the region.

Of every 10 dengue cases in the continent, 7 correspond to Honduras, thus turning into an alarming scale at international level, he said.


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