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WHO confirms dengue epidemic in Afghanistan

A new wave of dengue fever was confirmed in Afghanistan, with a total of 64 cases reported in Nangarhar province between 12 June and 30 July. announced that it had been reported.

To date, no related deaths are known. Forty-seven of the 64 cases were female and all cases were older than her 5 years.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that can have a serious public health impact. As there is no specific treatment, the best ways to combat the disease include proper disposal of solid waste, appropriate use of pesticides, community awareness, and careful clinical detection and management of dengue patients. prevention.

"Afghanistan is already battling a complex humanitarian emergency with ongoing conflict, repeated natural disasters and disease outbreaks," said Luo, his WHO representative in Afghanistan. Dr. Dapeng said. "While the number of reported dengue cases is still manageable, urgent steps are being taken to prevent further spread and minimize the impact on the country's health system and limited number of health workers.

WHO said it is leading the response to the dengue outbreak by providing technical support to health authorities and partners. WHO has distributed 2000 rapid dengue tests and is working with health workers to conduct a series of capacity building workshops for over 550 health workers at various facilities in Nangarhar province. increase.

Afghanistan has seen dengue outbreaks in the past, including the first reported outbreak in eastern Afghanistan in 2019. The outbreak has infected 15 people and no deaths have been reported. In September 2021, the disease recurred, infecting 775 people and killing 1.