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25 Dec 2019 | 01:47 AM UTC

Honduras: Dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide as of mid-December /update 6

Health officials confirm over 105,513 cases of dengue and 177 associated fatalities nationwide as of mid-December; take precautionary measures



The worst dengue epidemic in Honduras' history is ongoing as of mid-December. According to health officials, 105,513 cases and 177 associated fatalities have been reported as of December 17. The worst hit departments remain Cortés, Santa Bárbara, and Comayagua. However, all 20 health regions have recorded cases this year. 

Further spread of the disease is anticipated over the near term. 


Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.


Individuals present in Honduras are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds on their properties (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).