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Maldives: Dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide

Dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide; 368 cases reported in February

07 Mar 03:01 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Indian/Maldives). COUNTRY/REGION Maldives

Event

Health officials in the Maldives have reported 368 cases of dengue fever during the month of February. The Health Protection Agency indicates that authorities had previously recorded over 500 cases in the month prior. Authorities are continuing to implement public health measures, including fumigation campaigns aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, to hinder the further spread of the disease.

Context

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.

Advice

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

 

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