The Ministry of Health in Chad officially declared an outbreak of Dengue fever on August 15.
From 3 August to 27 August 2023, a total 47 suspected cases, including 26 confirmed cases and one death for Dengue fever were reported in three provinces, namely Ouadai/Abeche (n=28), Wadi Fira/Biltine (n=11) and N’Djamena (n=8).
Ouaddaï Province, which is the epicenter of this outbreak, located in the eastern part of the country and bordering the Republic of Sudan, is one of the largest among the 23 health provinces of Chad. The Province is the most affected by the Sudan crisis, accounting for 82.7% of all refugees arriving in Chad. In addition, the district is facing various disease outbreaks, including malaria.
The World Health Organization said confirming this outbreak in the Abeche district, home to a population of many refugees from Sudan, raises concerns. The risk of transmission among this population is considerably high due to the challenging living conditions in the refugee camps. Furthermore, the district is currently facing outbreaks of other diseases, such as malaria and measles, which could strain the district’s ability to effectively address the dengue outbreak.