Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

This morning two military officers came to the gate wanting to add something to our cistern. This has happened in the past as a preventative of mosquitoes living and breeding in our house water system.

Within 20 minutes three people from the local municipality came by to fumigate the entire house.

They told us that this was due to two people in our neighborhood having contracted Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. Not to be taken lightly – when we lived in Panama there was a dengue outbreak and a number of deaths from its evil twin, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. It comes on the same way, similar symptoms. People think they have a cold or the flu and start self medicating.  NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can turn dengue into hemorrhagic which can be fatal.  Folks who regularly take aspirin for their heart, ibuprofen for pain and soreness and the like are at risk as well.