Dengue Fever, Revisited

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  01.16.08 | 10:56 AM ET

The Los Angeles Times revisits the rise of dengue fever in Mexico and beyond, casting travel as a primary culprit in its spread: “Thus far, cases of dengue fever in North America have tended to be scattered and affect relatively few people. But increased travel to and from South America, where a resurgence has made dengue widespread, is thought to be boosting the disease’s spread northward. And some experts suspect climate change is aggravating the problem.” Meanwhile, Dengue Fever—the band—continues its ascent, spreading infectious “Cambodian pop rock psychedelic dance party” music throughout the globe.

2 Comments for Dengue Fever, Revisited

TambourineMan 01.16.08 | 9:47 PM ET

Last year in the southern Yucatan, I talked to an ex-pat just getting over dengue. And the dude STILL looked near-death. Momentarily scared the crap out of me cause them mosquitoes loves sucking the Tambourine Man’s sangre. But a few Modelos cured that.

I’m no scientist (unless Dylanologist counts), but I’m not completely convinced the main culprit is climate change. I tend to agree with the Hawaii guy about the “rise in the tropics of large cities with sprawling slums.”

By the way, was that Lou Dobbs posing as Andy Schnatz in the previous dengue post comments?

Jim Benning 01.17.08 | 1:36 PM ET

I’m with you, TambourineMan. The hemorrhagic dengue is particularly scary.

As for the commenter on our previous dengue/Mexico item, yeah, blaming Mexico for this is absurd.

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