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From Xinhua News Agency


Malaria Cases Increasing in Nicaragua

DATELINE: 12 December 1999


DATELINE: Managua, august 6; ITEM NO: 0806031

Nicaraguan medical authorities registered 17,552 cases of malaria in the first half of the year, up 20 percent from the same period of last year, an official of the health ministry said friday. director of the ministry's epidemic program Juan Bermudez blamed the rise on the rainy season, which is favorable for the breeding of mosquitoes --principal carriers of malaria. the ministry has launched an anti-malaria campaign, sending medical groups and mosquito nets to remote rural areas, he said. during the same period, cases of dengue fever in Nicaragua reduced dramatically to 3,478, from 5,480 in the first half of 1998, Bermudez noted.

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