A mysterious dengue-like illness has killed 18 people and sickened more than 2,000 in rural Nicaragua, and health officials in neighboring Honduras say it may be spreading there as well.
Dubbed hemorrhagic fever syndrome, or, more recently, “the cursed fever,” it broke out about three weeks ago and has the symptoms of hemorrhagic dengue.
Most of the cases are near the town of Achuapa, about 125 miles northwest of Managua.
Symptoms include bleeding from the eyes and nose, fainting, fever and headaches.
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