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Ethiopia has over 14,000 cases dengue fever – WHO

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This photo taken on May 21, 2023 shows the logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) with the WHO headquarters in the background in Geneva, Switzerland. (Xinhua/Lian Yi)
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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said that it had recorded 14,249 cases of dengue fever in Ethiopia in 2023.

The WHO said in an African Region Health Emergency Situation Report it published that the dengue fever in the East African country had also caused at least seven fatalities.

The UN agency further said it’s currently helping out with response activities for dengue fever including coordination, capacity building, active case finding, vector control, case management and social mobilization. “Ethiopia is currently facing multiple health crises, including cholera, measles, malaria, dengue fever and internal displacement of people due to conflicts and natural disasters,” the report said. “Malaria and dengue fever outbreaks are a major concern during the rainy season, while the internal displacement of people worsens the public health crisis due to crowded and unsanitary living conditions.”

Last month, the WHO raised concern over the escalating public health needs in Ethiopia. It warned that the displacement of millions of people in Ethiopia had disrupted essential health and nutrition services, as the compounding factors of conflict, insecurity, and movement restrictions had exacerbated.

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