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Sudanese Ministry of Health reports Dengue fever in Darfur

November 2 - 2015 KHARTOUM / ZALINGEI
Aedes aegypti, the principal mosquito vector of Dengue viruses (vectorbase.org)
Aedes aegypti, the principal mosquito vector of Dengue viruses (vectorbase.org)

The under-secretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Health announced that samples taken from patients in West and Central Darfur tested positive on Dengue fever.

Dr Esam Abdallah acknowledged the spread of more viruses in Darfur, but said that most of the patients in the region are afflicted with malaria.

In a press statement on Sunday, the under-secretary explained that Dengue fever is caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for the transmission of Yellow fever and Dengue fever. He announced that medical teams were sent to Darfur to investigate the cases and provide treatment.

The Central Darfur Minister of Health, Eisa Mohamed Mousa, confirmed to Radio Dabanga the high incidence of haemorrhagic fever cases in the state. He said that all the cases are concentrated in the Hamidia, Hasahisa, and Teiba camps for the displaced in Zalingei locality.

Viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan stated in its weekly bulletin last week that according to the Health Ministry, a total of 182 suspected VHF cases, including 103 deaths, were reported in the five Darfur states from 29 August to 25 October.

Of the 36 samples taken from suspected cases and people who had contact with them, and tested at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Khartoum, eight samples from Central, West, and North Darfur tested positive for West Nile virus, while four samples from West and Central Darfur tested positive for Chikungunya virus, OCHA reported.

None of the samples tested positive for Yellow fever, Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever, Dengue Fever, or Rift Valley fever, according to the Central Khartoum Laboratory.


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