What is dengue fever?
There are many strains of dengue fever. All of them transmitted to people through mosquito bites. The more mild varieties cause high fevers and other flu-like symptoms. If infected with this type, the survival rate is high.
Then there is another class of dengue fever. The kind with 106 degree fevers and hemorrhaging as blood begins leaking from veins, causing shock and death in infected people.
This deadly type of dengue fever is currently running rampant in Nicaragua, infecting more than 4,900 adults and children. The Nicaraguan government declared a red alert on October 25 to contain the epidemic.
Ervin Leiva, FH/Nicaragua Country Director, reported, “The dengue situation is getting worse. Hospitals are full. The strain is very, very strong. Adolescents are standing or moving around, and suddenly go into shock.”
Nearby countries have been notified as the death toll rises to more than 50 people in Central America.
What You Can Do
You can partner with Food for the Hungry (FH) to help stop this epidemic. FH will help Nicaraguan parents and children by:
1. Providing medical supplies and treated bed nets.
2. Fumigating mosquito breeding grounds in three Nicaraguan regions: Somotillo, Chinandega and Nueva Segovia.
3. Supporting education efforts to teach Nicaraguan parents to prevent, identify and treat dengue fever in family members and children. The earlier the disease is treated, then higher the survival rate.
Stopping Dengue Fever
As this serious disease spreads rampantly throughout Nicaragua and other Central American countries, we can help stop it. By working with the Nicaraguan government to fumigate and providing education to Nicaraguans, we can help save lives.