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67 die from dengue in Paraguay


11:16, June 20, 2013

MONTEVIDEO, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The dengue fever in Paraguay has caused 67 deaths so far this year, the country's press said Wednesday.

According to reports in Asuncion, capital city of Paraguay, the Public Health Ministry said 47 of the victims were also suffering from other ailments, such as hypertension, diabetes, morbid obesity or heart problems.

Several victims had risk factors, such as pregnancy or being younger than a year or older than 60.

More than 50 victims lived in the Central Department (state) or in Asuncion.

As many as 97,463 cases of dengue have been reported since January, in the worst outbreak of the disease in Paraguay's history.

In 2012, the disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito claimed the lives of 48 people, and infected 30,823 others.

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