A dengue outbreak has hit the city of Nuevo Laredo in the State of Tamaulipas, across the Rio Grande from the US city of Laredo, Texas, according to a RSOE EDIS report today.
It is reported that at least 100 cases of the mosquito borne virus have been reported from the area.
City of Laredo health department director, Hector Gonzalez says they’re monitoring the situation, according to a KGNS.tv report. “Nuevo Laredo in particular that’s our neighbor and services as our surveillance sight for us. They’re doing a great job in containing it”, Gonzalez said.
As far as cases spilling into Laredo, Gonzalez said, “We have not confirmed any cases in Laredo. So should people be alarmed no, should people take precautions yes. We advise people to get rid of standing water and get rid of trash. The most important thing is people containing their yards.”
Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page