See also:
» 12.10.2010 - Floods hit 1.5 million in West, Central Africa
» 02.11.2009 - First Dengue fever outbreak in Cape Verde
» 02.10.2006 - 91% of young Cape Verdean males have high-risk sex
» 14.09.2006 - "Possible to eradicate HIV in Cape Verde" - UN
» 03.04.2006 - Researchers study Cape Verdeans' genetic structure
» 06.03.2006 - "Threat from wild birds unlikely in West Africa"
» 03.03.2006 - Bird flu fears in Mauritania, Cape Verde
» 29.01.2004 - Public health law approved in Cape Verde

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Cape Verde
Health | Travel - Leisure

Dengue epidemic paralyses Cape Verde

afrol News, 5 November - A first-ever outbreak of dengue fever in Cape Verde, already causing four deaths and infecting 9,000 persons, has caused panic on the archipelago. Tomorrow, everybody is urged to kill mosquitoes instead of going to work, and both the police and army are sent out to root out the disease.

Cape Verdean José Maria Neves has used the last two days to demonstrate his ability to act. The nation is gearing up to tomorrow's great national campaign of cleaning and eradication of the mosquito that carries the dengue virus. The entire population is asked to participate in the campaign, rather than going to work tomorrow.

But action is already in place. In the capital Praia, the worst struck municipality on the archipelago, a police force of 500 men and women and parts of the Cape Verdean army are on the streets to eradicate the dangerous mosquitoes.

PM Neves has also assured foreign help to root out the new epidemic. The World Health Organisation already has shipped staff to Praia, helping to organise the fight against dengue fever. Further, Mr Neves today called on "friendly countries", in particular Portugal, Spain and Cuba, to send emergency aid, including hospital equipment and staff to treat the increasing numbers of infected.

The epidemic has indeed come as a bad surprise to the archipelago, where the tropical mosquito-borne disease never has been registered before. And it has spread as a bushfire. Registered infections are rising at a record rate of one thousand - a day. The latest numbers released in Praia are 8,799 infections. 851 out of them are from the capital.

Also, mortality rates are starting to be significant. Only two days ago, the first death attributed to dengue fever was registered. Today, the number is at four diseased.

The population has been shocked and traumatised by the sudden spread of this unknown disease. The epidemic comes at the same time as swine flue was starting to spread rapidly on the archipelago.

But Prime Minister Neves also was obliged to act forcefully for economic reasons. Already yesterday, the Cape Verdean government had no choice but issuing a warning to tourists to take extra precautions due to the outbreak. The Portuguese Foreign Ministry - representing one of Cape Verde's main tourist markets - has already issued a travel warning on Cape Verde.

For the archipelago, such a blow to the tourism industry could spell significant economic consequences. Tourism has developed into the backbone of Cape Verde's economic boom, and the archipelago was aiming at becoming "the new Canary Islands" off the West African coast. With the occurrence of tropical diseases, mass tourism however seems unrealistic.

With a preliminary anti-dengue budget of 40 million escudos (euro 360,000) the Neves government therefore aims at nothing less than the total eradication of dengue fever from the archipelago. For that to happen, massive campaigns to eradicate mosquitoes have to succeed. On the negative side, however, the disease was allowed to spread to almost all islands before being detected.

Dengue fever is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans. In recent years it has become a major public health concern in the tropics. The geographical spread of both the mosquito and the virus has led to the global resurgence of epidemic dengue fever in the past 25 years, according to WHO. There is no known cure to the disease.

- Create an e-mail alert for Cape Verde news
- Create an e-mail alert for Health news
- Create an e-mail alert for Travel - Leisure news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at