A pregnant woman suffering dengue symptoms lies in a bed surrounded by a mosquito net at Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. The government has launched a national campaign to help respond to the epidemic.
Lorena Maciel, who is pregnant, lies in bed as she is treated for dengue at Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Authorities say 56 people have died of the mosquito-borne disease this year.
A woman carries a bucket of food for her pigs in a flooded area of Barrio Chino, just 200 meters from Congress, behind right, in Asuncion, Paraguay. Authorities have tried to clean up infected parts of the country since mosquitoes breed in water and trash.
Valeria Garcia, 55, left, and Magdalena Delgado, 47, lie in bed as they are treated for dengue at Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay has announced a health emergency due to dengue fever.
A patient lies in bed as he is treated for dengue at Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Hospitals have halted elective surgery because so many patients are showing up at public hospitals with dengue symptoms.
Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, center left, and his Interior Minister Rafael Flizzola, right, attend the launch of a national campaign to respond to a dengue epidemic in Asuncion, Paraguay.
The growing dengue epidemic that is crushing hospitals and prompting a large-scale fumigation and clean-up effort in certain parts of the country.
Dengue is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, which breed in standing water and trash.
An epidemic of Dengue fever has caused a national health crises in Paraguay.