MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hundreds of Nicaraguan government workers are spreading across the capital of Managua to fumigate every home against a mosquito that spreads dengue. They are also on the lookout for people infected with the disease.
The government ordered city workers to squirt insecticide over puddles on streets and inside each home in the city this week.
Officials also have deployed health workers throughout Nicaragua to identify people sick with dengue and move them to health care facilities.
Most of Nicaragua's 5,000 dengue cases, including 14 deaths, are concentrated on the border with Honduras. Honduras has reported nearly 18,000 cases so far, compared with 15,000 for all of 2012.
Central America is on track to have one of its worst years ever for dengue, which is a painful, sometimes fatal, disease.