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Dengue in Texas. If it ain't the flu, it's the haemorrhagic fever. Disease info from WHO, CDC, Wikipedia.
posted by Eothele (10 comments total)
It's bad
posted by antifuse at 8:49 AM on October 28, 2005

"Previous outbreaks of the dengue fever have occurred sporadically in Texas throughout the last century.

In 1922, a half million Texans had dengue fever, said acting state epidemiologist Tom Betz. In 1999, 63 Texans had dengue fever." ( from the linked article )
posted by troutfishing at 9:28 AM on October 28, 2005

Well shit, good things us Texans don't panic or over-react to news like this.

(fondly remembers entire city of Austin rioting in grocery stores and gas stations for all supplies of bread, milk and water during our panic-envy fear of Hurricane Rita - we wanted to be an at-risk coastal city, we really did - we love worrying!)
posted by Peter H at 9:35 AM on October 28, 2005

posted by maxsparber at 9:51 AM on October 28, 2005

If "Dengue in Texas" ain't the best titleI've heard for a down home blues tune...
posted by Smedleyman at 11:47 AM on October 28, 2005

Damn... they stole the plotline for an upcoming episode of House M.D.
posted by insomnia_lj at 12:26 PM on October 28, 2005

When I was a kid my parents caught dengue fever after returning to Florida from Atlanta, where they had been visiting my aunt.

My mother was admitted to the hospital after she started feeling not so great, and my father started getting symptoms the next day. My mother says it was the most painful experience of her life, and she was sure that whe was going to die.

While they were in quarantine, one of the doctors mentioned that another case had been reported. They asked who it was and he told them that they wouldn't know her - she was in Atlanta. Turns out it was my aunt. All three were fine.

Apparently they were the only three in the outbreak. No one knows why it turned up in Atlanta at that time.
posted by squarehead at 2:23 PM on October 28, 2005

Well, Dysentery kills way more people globally per year than Dengue.

I've had Dysentery ( or, it had me ).

So there.
posted by troutfishing at 8:47 PM on October 28, 2005

Malaysia gets outbreaks of dengue every so often - my teacher was afflicted by it once (She's fine thankfully).

Every year or so there will be campaigns to clear out anything holding water because the dengue mosquitos thrive in stagnant water. It's become a WHO campaign now.

Hope everyone is OK.
posted by divabat at 2:13 AM on October 29, 2005

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