quarta-feira, 23 de abril de 2008

Rio Dengue Epidemic

Health authorities in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state confirmed that an outbreak of dengue fever is spreading at the rate of one new infection every minute. Clinics and emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by the new infections.The number of people who have died from the viral disease so far this year has reached 49, but the figure could be much higher if lab results from another 49 people who died show they were also infected.Officials have warned people to wear long pants, closed shoes and socks to minimize the chance they will be bitten by the mosquito that spreads the virus.

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