The Paraguay's Ministry of Health has released data concerning the incidence of dengue fever among the South American country's children, adolescents and mothers.
Local authorities have decided to launch a preventive campaign aimed specifically at minors and mothers. Within the next few weeks, a National Committee for Dengue will be set up. As of October 15, nine people have succumbed to dengue fever since June of this year. The central province of Paraguay, where in lies the capital city, is particularly susceptible. Measures are being taken to double the elimination of the reproduction of mosquitoes - the vector of the disease.
Earlier this year, while in his election campaign, President Horacio Cartes survived a bout with the deadly fever.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.