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26 Sep 2018 | 09:50 AM UTC

Sudan: Chikungunya outbreak in Kassala

Sudan News Alert

Chikungunya outbreak reported in Kassala state; at least 11,000 cases reported as of late September

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/25/2018, 11:00 PM until 10/3/2018, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Kasala

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Event

A chikungunya outbreak has been reported throughout Kassala state. According to health officials, at least 11,000 cases have been reported over the past month as of Wednesday, September 26. So far no related fatalities have been reported. Additional spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the coming days and weeks.

Context

The outbreak follows heavy rains that affected the area at the beginning of the month and led to the flooding of a major river in Kassala.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease. Symptoms include high fever, joint and muscle pain, rash, headache, nausea, and fatigue. The virus is rarely fatal but lingering joint pain can last for several weeks, even months, after the initial recovery. No treatment or vaccine for the virus is currently available.

Advice

Individuals in Sudan are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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