Dengue fever is a very big and dangerous virus which is
found in every continent except Europe. It is
found in all other continents because Europe
is not found between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. A
country/continent has to be between those two hemisphere lines as they make up
the tropics. Dengue mosquitoes only can breed in the tropics. The mosquito can only breed in the tropics
because it needs a warm, humid and wet environment. In Europe
it is warm and wet but not humid or sometimes it is to wet or cold. The dengue
virus infects over 100,000,000 people all over the world and in more than 110
countries. The mosquito is most dangerous to young children because their
immunity to illnesses is not as strong as the adults. In Asia, Africa and South
America the dengue fever is the most dangerous but in North America the only
country there that has it is Mexico
and most of it there is desert. Here in Singapore they do a lot of checks
on houses, car parks, etc. In other countries they have their own way of
preventing dengue, like in Brazil
in 2002 they held a “D-Day Against Dengue”. Volunteers, firefighters, soldiers
and health-care workers all went to take part in this event.
Since after the tsunami hit, dengue has struck because of
the water. It had struck in six provinces in Thailand. Local authorities have
persuaded the government to prevent dengue as well as malaria. Now they are
improving hygiene in camps and burial sites of the tsunami victims.
In CHANDIGARH, INDIA
India they recently
found 26 fresh suspects of dengue. According to UT health authorities 14 patients
were at the Mani Manjra area. The disease affected fewer than 50,000 patients.
In TIMOR LESTE (formerly known as East Timor)
In Timor Leste dengue has
killed at least ten people and eighty four have been hospitalized
with a dangerous hemorrhagic form of disease in which it causes internal bleeding.
Timor Leste’s health
minister, Rio de Araujo says that this is a wet season which means that there
is a high possibility of deaths rising.
In JAKARTA, INDONESIA
At least 2 people have died and 692 rushed to hospitals due
to dengue fever since December 2004.
A spokesman of Jakarta
health agency, Evy Zelvino said that the number of people having dengue was
likely to increase in the rainy season which is around January and February.