In a follow-up on the dengue situation in Oman, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported 40 locally transmitted dengue fever cases from Dec. 12-Jan. 6, according to a Times of Oman report.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

“The majority of these 40 cases are among Omanis,” according to health officials. “Initially, the cases were mainly from Northern and Southern Al Hail; however, starting from the beginning of last week, the geographical scope has expanded, we now have medical cases from Al Mawalih.

The MOH in collaboration with Muscat Municipality and relevant stakeholders, will launch  a Muscat-wide campaign for Aedes aegypti elimination called- ‘Your Cooperation Indicates Your Awareness’, according to a Muscat Daily report.

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The campaign will be held from 8-21 Jan 2018. A. aegypti_ is the principal vector of the dengue virus.

“The message must be loud and clear: If we do not eradicate these mosquitoes in the specified time, the results will be disastrous to public health at the national level,” said Dr Ali Al Saidi, Minister of Health.

“The preservation of public health is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health or the Muscat Municipality, but it is also the responsibility of every citizen and resident,” he said.