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Former Italian consul dies of dengue in Honduras

07-13-2010 11:55 BJT

TEGUCIGALPA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Italy's former consul to Honduras Francesco Campos has died of the hemorrhagic dengue in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, a civil attache at the Italian embassy said on Monday.

"He died in a private hospital due to a dengue complication. Unfortunately, it was impossible to do anything for him," Dino Bacci told the local media.

Campos was hospitalized last week and died of the hemorrhagic form of the tropical disease on Sunday, said the report.

Campos retired three years ago, though he left his diplomatic service in 2002, Bacci said, adding that he came to Honduras to live after finishing his duty of Italian consul in Guatemala.

The dengue epidemic in Honduras has killed 19 people so far this year. Civil and government authorities have launched campaigns to eradicate the breeding places of the mosquito larva, carrier of the disease.

The most affected regions in the country include Atlantida in the Caribbean, Comayagua and Francisco Morazan in the center, Copan and Santa Barbara in the west, El Paraiso and Olancho in the east, Choluteca in the south, as well as the Bahia Islands.

In 2009, 12 patients died of dengue in the Central American country.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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