Two people have died so far this year from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras, Health Minister Roxana Araujo said.

The cases occurred in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, a city in northern Honduras, Araujo said, without providing additional details.

The Central American country has registered about 3,000 cases of classic dengue this year, while about 500 people have been hospitalized with possible hemorrhagic dengue, Araujo said.

Two people died from hemorrhagic dengue and about 8,000 others contracted classic dengue in Honduras in 2012.

No deaths were reported from the disease in the Central American country in 2011.

A total of 83 people died from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras in 2010.

Hemorrhagic dengue killed 12 people - four adults and eight children - in the Central American country in 2009.

Dengue, a serious viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is characterized by high fever, intense headaches, muscle pain, gastro-intestinal problems and rashes.

Hemorrhagic dengue, in addition to having symptoms associated with classic dengue, like fever, headaches and joint pain, can also produce internal bleeding.

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