Cape Verde. According to countryaah, the entire nation was shocked in November by a rapid and unexpected outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever, the first epidemic of this kind to hit Cape Verde. The number of infected persons increased by about 1,000 people per day and on average one person died every day. This while the so-called swine flu had taken hold in the country.
For one day, almost all other activities were down, when the entire population was asked to kill mosquitoes and try to destroy the environments in which they develop. The military and police also participated in the work.
The epidemic risked hitting the increasingly important tourism, which is one of the country’s main sources of income. In the first phase, the government invested approximately SEK 3.7 million to stop the spread of infection, but much larger sums were at stake if tourists were to fail during the high season in the winter. In the most important market, Portugal, a warning was issued for trips to Cape Verde.