ICRC: New rampant outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen

ICRC: New rampant outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen

Alsahwa Net- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported on Tuesday new outbreak of the dengue fever in Yemen with recent thousands of infected cases and dozens of deaths.

Robert Mardini, chief of the ICRC’s delegation at the United Nations (UN) said that Yemen is facing “a very dire humanitarian situation amid an escalation in dengue cases, tens of thousands of cholera cases as well as a flare-up of malaria.” 

Mardini said that over 3,500 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Taiz.

In Hodeida, 50 people died between late October and early November of dengue fever and Malaria, according to Mardini.

The ICRC’s local head office in Yemen reported that 2,000 people were infected with dengue fever and other 3,000 had malaria.

Mardini noted that, last year's rampant cholera epidemic in Yemen was not over yet.

 He indicated that more than 56,000 cholerae cases were reported between January and September of this year.

The European Commission's humanitarian Aid Operation known as ECHO said on Monday that ten people died last week in Taiz of the dengue fever.

The local health authority expects that number of dengue fever death cases can rise because of the infection outbreak.

Around 8,000 dengue fever cases were reported in Taiz until last Thursday, according to the ECHO.

It added that 3,215 people were confirmed having the dengue fever and other 103 are still under investigations in public health facilities.

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