July 31, 2013 -- The government in Honduras has declared a state of emergency after a dengue fever outbreak that has left 16 people dead. Health Minister Salvador Pineda said on Tuesday that the government's decree made it a national priority to prevent and control the disease and fight the mosquitoes that spread it.
Pineda said more than half of Honduras' municipalities had registered dengue fever cases. The measure expands a health alert issued on 22 June for 112 of the 298 municipalities in the country.
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