A 3-year-old boy is the latest victim of Dengue fever, which has claimed the lives of 16 people in El Salvador. US and Puerto Rica have sent scientists and physicians to investigate.
The young boy, Edwin Antonio Orellana, died Saturday in a San Salvador hospital. He had lived in San Julian, 50 miles (80 kms) west of the capital,
in a province designated as one of five "epidemic zones."
Three Puerto Rican and two U.S. scientists are examining the
epidemic in the five provinces, which include the capital, San
Salvador. El Salvador has a total of 14 provinces.
Dengue has infected more than 750 Salvadorans, mostly children,
this year. So far, 16 people have died from the disease, 13 more
than in 1999.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes
and is characterized by the sudden onset of high fever, severe
headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and a
rash. About 5 percent of those infected die.