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Dengue outbreak in Mexico?

Curtis Koenig ckoenig at hinet.medlib.arizona.edu
Tue Oct 31 12:43:03 EST 1995

KWBLAN00 at ukcc.uky.edu (KENNETH W. BLANK) wrote:

>I am looking for the most up to date information about the outbreak of dengue
>occuring in Northern Mexico.
>Does anyone know 1) the number of cases, confirmed and suspect, 2) the strain,
>3)is the outbreak contained or are new cases occuring, 4)has there been any
>DHF cases, 5) what is the suspected vector Aedes agypti or Aedes albopictus?
>UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY                           PHONE 606-257-7470
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This is from the Time Magazine pathfinder site on WWW.
	Curtis Koenig
	Microbiology undergrad, Univesity of Arizona
Tues. Oct. 31, 1995

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuter) - The identity of a mystery epidemic that
has killed at least 15 Nicaraguans and infected 1,549 still eludes
public health experts, officials said Monday. 

But laboratory tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) in Fort Collins, Colorado, have at least confirmed that the
unknown disease is neither a form of dengue fever nor yellow fever,
Health Minister Federico Munoz told a news conference. 

Symptoms of the disease resemble those of the deadly hemorrhagic
dengue fever, which causes bleeding of the nose and gums, headaches,
body aches and severe fatigue, 

"Trying to establish a name right now for the producer of this
micro-organism would be irresponsible and anti-scientific," Munoz

The disease broke out earlier this month and was originally confined
to a small area around the town of Achuapa, about 90 miles northwest
of Managua. But it could be spreading. 

Munoz said eight people in other provinces have died after suffering
from similar symptoms. 

Scientists have narrowed the mystery illness down to perhaps 60
possible explanations and expect to have more answers "in the next 72
hours," Munoz said. 

Person-to-person transmission has been ruled out because no single
household has reported more than one victim, Munoz said, leading to
suspicion the disease is transmitted by animals or insects. 

Nicaragua is currently fighting epidemics of malaria and dengue fever,
both carried by mosquitos.

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