(posted Oct. 30, 1:00 p.m.)– Nicaragua’s first lady and government spokesman Rosario Murillo today interrupted regularly scheduled morning programing on Sandinista television to announce the death of 16-year-old Keyling Jessenia Zambrana, the 14th victim to fall to dengue fever this year.
Zambrana, who lived in the northern municipality of Ocotal, reportedly died this morning at the regional hospital in Estelí.
There are currently 5,455 reported cases of dengue in Nicaragua and 30 people in critical condition, according to press reports citing government sources.
The Nicaraguan government, which last week declared a red alert for dengue following the 12th fatality, is repeating its public-service calls urging citizens to pick up garbage and eliminate areas were stagnant water acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Anyone showing signs of dengue–high fever, pain behind the eyes, splotchy skin, joint pain–should get to a health clinic or hospital immediately.