The Caribbean: An Outbreak of Dengue

All travelers entering the U.S. last week from Jamaica and Puerto Rico were closely checked for signs of a disease that most of them never heard of: dengue (pronounced deng-gay) fever. The disease hit the Caribbean in July. Ever since, officials with an anxious eye on the coming winter's tourist trade (normally 20,000 to 25,000 visitors a month for Puerto Rico alone) have been waiting hopefully for the epidemics to die out. They are still waiting. New cases last week brought Jamaica's 1963 total close to 500, while Puerto Rico passed the...

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