By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Officials are reporting a seasonal spike in dengue fever cases in Yemen in 2019. There have been 14,540 suspected cases of dengue fever, with 79 associated deaths recorded since the beginning of the year, more cases than in previous years.
Southern governorates are mainly affected, with 88 districts reporting suspected dengue cases in the last four weeks and 83% of the cases reported in four governorates: Taiz (38%), Abyan (21%), Lahj (13%) and Aden (11%).The risk of transmission has increased due to years of conflict owing to a lack of sanitation, poor living conditions and a lack of vector-control activities.
The risk of transmission has increased due to years of conflict owing to a lack of sanitation, poor living conditions and a lack of vector-control activities.
The world’s largest cholera outbreak continues to be in Yemen. The cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen between October 2016 and August 2019 is 2,036,960, including 3,716 related deaths (fatality rate of 0.18%).
The five governorates with the highest attack rate per 10,000 are: Amran (1,602.13), Al Mahwit (1,474.79), Sana’a (1,295.78), Al Bayda (1,027.14) and Dahamar (957.61). The national average attack rate is 713.99 per 10,000. The highest numbers of deaths are reported in the Hajjah (559), Ibb (486), Al Hudaydah (380) and Taizz (304) governorates.