Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dengue Fever alert

Hurricane Norbert may have taken it easy on Loreto Bay, but the heavy rains that fell during the storm left standing water throughout the development - a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

By Saturday, Oct. 18, of our visit mosquitoes had made their presence known throughout the development, prompting a mad dash to the Farmacia for insect repellent.

Now, Baja California Sur health authorities have issued a state-wide alert due to an outbreak of dengue fever. According to a release from Jim Gries in BCS, there have been 338 cases confirmed so far this year with over 10 percent of the hemorrhagic variety. He advises eliminating standing water and using strong insect repellent and sleeping nets. Those who experience a high fever, severe headache and aching in joints and muscles, should seek medical advice and should use acetaminophen not aspirin.

For more information: http://www.oem. forniano/ notas/n904109. htm
http://www.cdc. gov/ncidod/ dvbid/dengue/

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