In a follow-up on the dengue outbreak in Timor-Leste, or East Timor, the Ministry of Health now reports 3,050 total cases through March 12. This compares with 1,451 cases reported in all of 2020 and 901 cases in all of last year.
The capital city of Dili has accounted for 2,013 of the country’s cases.
To date, 35 dengue related fatalities reported in Timor-Leste, more than three times the total deaths reported in all of 2021 (11).
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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