Yemen – Dengue fever outbreak kills people in Taiz
Location: Taiz – Yemen
Source: A24 in Yemen
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The dengue fever epidemic has recently spread in Taiz governorate in an unprecedented manner.
The epidemic has caused the death of dozens and the injury of more than ten thousand in the governorate since the beginning of 2022 until now.
Dengue fever is usually transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito sucks the blood of an infected person, after an incubation period of 8-10 days, the mosquito is able, by biting people and sucking their blood, to transmit the virus for the rest of its life.
Citizens said that the spread of mosquitoes that cause the transmission of fever diseases is a result of open sewage, accumulation of waste, and failure to maintain public and personal hygiene.
Citizens in Taiz expressed concern over the alarming spread of fever diseases, with lack of specialized centers and doctors, stressing that specialized centers could limit the spread of the disease.
Due to lack of doctors specialized in dengue epidemic in besieged city of Taiz, many of the infected struggle with their search for treatment, and are exposed to other diseases as a result of medical errors, and lack of monitoring by the Department of Health.
– Soundbite ((Lubna Shahid Salam – Internist at Al-Thawra Hospital in Taiz):
“Danger is imminent. The epidemic has spread in recent days and the number of cases has multiplied. The radical solution to eradicate the disease is to eliminate the widespread mosquitoes within the city. The Department of Health is exerting extensive efforts through its spraying campaigns to kill mosquitoes. These campaigns should be conducted on a daily basis and in larger quantities. The epidemic is widespread in Taiz and all its regions. Al-Thawra Hospital receives about 100 cases throughout the day.”
– Soundbite (Saeed Ali – Infected with dengue fever)
“My family and I contracted dengue fever, because of lack of hygiene and control over places where mosquitoes gather.”
– Soundbite (Dr. Fouad Al-Sharjabi – Superintendent at Al-Thawra Hospital in Taiz):
“The state we have reached requires the eradication of the disease through forces of Department of Health, local councils, and benefactors. The situation is very complicated, especially in Taiz, where dengue fever is widespread, and everyone is exposed to infection, including healthcare personnel.”