Dengue outbreak has killed 26 in Central America: Officials
TEGUCIGALPA (AFP) - An unusually potent outbreak of dengue fever has killed 26 people and infected nearly 40,000 more so far this year in Central America, where the mosquito-born illness is endemic.
Honduras has seen the most fatalities, with 15, followed by Nicaragua, with five. The highest number of infections has been recorded in Costa Rica, with 17,000.
Only Panama has so far been spared this year, with just 300 cases and no deaths.
With a warm and humid climate and powerful rainy seasons, Central America is an ideal region for the mosquitoes that carry the virus.