CARACAS, Tuesday June 22, 2010 | Update
Dengue epidemic in Venezuela seems to be out of control. In 2010, and until June 5, 41,573 cases have been reported nationwide, more than double compared to 2009. Dengue epidemic has been declared in all the Venezuelan states.
The 22nd Epidemiological Bulletin issued by the Ministry of Health, which has not been released yet, shows new figures and reports that in the 22nd week, from May 30 to June 5, there were 3,399 patients affected with dengue fever. According to doctors José Félix Oletta and Ana Carvajal, who are members of the Network of Scientific Medical Societies, this is the largest increase in 2010.
The bulletin prepared by the Ministry of Health reports that 277 out of the 3,999 cases are likely hemorrhagic dengue fever.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.