Brazilian hospitals to help fight dengue

March 29, 2008 at 12:19 PM
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RIO DE JANEIRO, March 29 (UPI) -- A Brazilian judge has ordered state and local authorities in Rio de Janeiro state to use private hospitals to help combat the ongoing dengue fever epidemic.

Judicial officials accused the state of not doing enough to care for the tens of thousands who are reportedly stricken with the illness, O Globo reported Saturday.

More than 50 people have died in this year's outbreak, with at least 36,000 people contracting the potentially deadly disease.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness that produces severe flu-like symptoms and can be fatal.

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