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In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Afar region, Ethiopia, new dengue fever cases (confirmed and pending) reported by health facilities in Semera-Logiya, Gewane, Mile, Chifra, Dubti,

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and Gelalu in the week up to 6 June was 410 (an 8.5 per cent increase from the previous week) and has raised the total number of cases in Afar to 3,800 since the outbreak early April, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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In addition, the region is also dealing with a malaria outbreak. Malaria incidents have recorded an additional 3,153 cases in the same week, and an 8 per cent increase from the previous week across 43 woredas. While overall malaria test positivity rate remained at 27 per cent, 91 per cent of the confirmed cases were of the Plasmodium falciparum type, most severe and life-threatening. Since the beginning of 2023, some 66,978 malaria cases have been confirmed in Afar.

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