Dengue Fever Killed 407 in
The Associated Press, Jan. 4, 2008
Dengue fever killed 407 people in
Dengue is a chronic problem in
More than 40,000 dengue patients were admitted to Cambodian hospitals last year, compared to 16,650 in 2006, when 158 people died.
The death toll from 2007 was the largest since 1998, when 474 people died from dengue fever.
In 2007, Southeast Asia experienced the worst outbreak of dengue fever in years, with large outbreaks also reported in
Dengue infects up to 50 million people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization.
Most of dengue's victims are children. There is no vaccine or cure for the mosquito-borne virus, which causes rashes, blistering headaches, nausea and excruciating joint aches. The most serious form of the disease can cause internal bleeding, liver enlargement and circulatory shut down.
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