By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Global and local health authorities are reporting a dengue fever outbreak in the Somali Region of eastern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Africa

Close to 160 confirmed cases have been recorded in Warder Woreda of Dolo Zone and 47 suspected cases in Dolo Ado Woreda of Liban Zone. The suspected cases are awaiting confirmation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the outbreak response through coordination, disease and entomological surveillance, sample collection and transportation, supply of medicines, social mobilization, and on-the-job training on case management at the health facilities in the affected zones.

Contributing factors to the outbreak include weakened nutritional status of the community due to prolonged drought and population displacement.

WHO representative, Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, underscored the need to destroy mosquitoes’ breeding sites and prevent mosquito bites to interrupt transmission of dengue fever. “Families and communities need to care for the most vulnerable such as women, children and persons with chronic illnesses, and also seek medical attention immediately when feeling unwell,” he added.  Dr Sambo also called for continued government leadership and strong public health measures to scale and speed up the response and halt the spread of dengue fever.