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Burmese Authorities Increase Efforts to Combat Dengue Fever


A Burmese publication says authorities are fighting an outbreak of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease that is potentially fatal.

The publication Kumudra, quotes a Burmese health official who says the number of cases of the disease have soared since January and doubled in April and May over the year before.

The official says preventative measures are being taken, including efforts to soak school curtains with a mosquito repellent. Schools in Burma re-opened on June first for a new academic year.

Dengue fever causes severe headaches, fever and rashes. No vaccine or specific treatment has been found.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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