BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Health authorities have warned that after two
months of torrential rain, Colombia's largest indigenous tribe faces a malaria
The disease, spread by mosquitoes which breed in stagnant water, has
swept through the 125,000-strong Wayu tribe, Victor Alvarez, director of
the Health Ministry's office of epidemiology, said Friday.
"In December and January alone 3,700 cases were reported," he said.
"Seven of those people died."
The outbreak has been fiercest in the deserts of the northeastern Guajira
peninsular, which straddles the Venezuelan border on the Caribbean coast.
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