Medical Case File 19

Dengue Fever: A Bad Case of Flu
While in the Amazon jungle of Peru during January of 2005, an infectious disease physician from the United States told me and my students that dengue fever is not in the Amazon jungle. I was surprised, even a bit astonished at this declaration. Later that week I witnessed first hand that dengue is indeed present in the Amazon jungle. I witnessed children who where in agonizing pain, having violent seizures, and were literally bleeding internally to death right in front of me.