The return to The Hot Zone

Ian A. York iayork at panix.com
Sun Jan 21 11:54:01 EST 1996


In article <4dsied$ao1$2 at mhafc.production.compuserve.com>,
Sharyl-Druid  <73654.3446 at CompuServe.COM> wrote:
>
>You seem quite knowledgeable on the subject of Ebola... what 

I'm not particularly knowledgeable about it - no more than many 
virologists.  I'm certainly not a specialist in it.  

>about Denge fever? I have a friend in Arizona who says there
>is an outbreak in her area. 

Point your web browser at the WHO dengue page:
<http://www.who.ch/programmes/ctd/act/dengact.htm>
or at the virology servers I mentioned in my earlier post.

Dengue has been moving north from its more 'traditional' homes recently. 
It's reached the Southern USA; as to whether there's an 'outbreak' depends
on your threshold for 'outbreak,' as to my knowledge there have been no
real epidemics.  I don't know how many cases (if any) there have been in
Arizona; it wouldn't surprise me to know it had reached there. 

>The news media is not mentioning anything.

I know I've seen the odd comment about the spread of Dengue, buried in 
the back of some newspapers.  You have to have a high alert factor for the 
word 'virus,' though.  I don't recall seeing mention of it in Arizona; 
I'm sure someone here can comment on that.

At worst, though, it is still extremely rare in that region.  I wouldn't 
worry about it.  

Ian
-- 
                      Ian York   (iayork at panix.com)
      "-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
       very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England



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