Cape Verde

A dengue fever epidemic that has already killed six people in Cape Verde has stabilized with less than 600 new cases daily reported in the last two days, authorities said Nov. 9. The Atlantic island nation has recorded 12,000 cases of the crippling mosquito-borne disease since Oct. 1. Last week the number of new cases was on average over 900 daily, the national epidemic surveillance service said. The islands most affected are Santiago, Fogo, Maio and Brava. The drop in cases follows a massive three day campaign to eradicate the breeding grounds for the type of mosquitoes which transmit the disease, for which there is no vaccine. (AFP)

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