– The total number of suspected dengue cases in Sudan has surpassed 4,000 as the African country is struggling to combat one of its worst dengue outbreaks in years, the Sundanese Health Ministry said.
“There are 4,104 suspected cases of dengue, including 516 confirmed cases and 29 deaths,” the ministry said in a report released Tuesday, adding that the infectious disease has spread in nine Sudanese states.
Montasir Mohamed Osman, head of the health emergency and epidemic control directorate at Sudan’s health ministry, said in a statement that the wide spread of dengue fever was blamed on heavy rains and a lack of essential supplies such as pesticides and bed nets.
Dengue viruses are transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Almost half of the world’s population, or about 4 billion people, live in areas at risk of dengue.
In a report released in November, the United Nations warned of the rising trend in malaria cases, as well as measles, dengue and hepatitis E outbreaks in Sudan, calling outbreaks of communicable diseases “a major concern.” ■