Dengue outbreak strikes Yemen

Dengue fever has killed three people since appearing in Yemen early this month and 58 others have been infected.

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By  Stuart Qualtrough Published  July 3, 2005

Dengue fever has killed three people since appearing in Yemen early this month and 58 others have been infected, a Health Ministry official confirmed last month. Ministry Under-Secretary Abbas al-Metwakel told the official news agency Saba that there were 423 suspected cases in three Yemeni provinces, particularly in eastern Shabwa province. He said authorities had launched a campaign to kill mosquitoes to prevent a spread of the tropical disease. In March, the US embassy in Yemen advised against travel to the western coast of the Arab state due to an outbreak of dengue fever, a sometimes fatal disease. The disease is characterised by high fever, rash, headaches, and severe muscle and joint pain.

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