In one of the worst dengue outbreaks the nation has seen recently, at least 26 people have died in Sudan, according to health officials on Wednesday.
In tropical regions of the world, dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that typically spreads close to sources of still water.
The Sudanese Health Ministry posted on social media on Monday, November 21, that 460 cases of the disease had been identified, along with 3,436 additional suspected cases.
One of the areas where the outbreak was first reported by the Sudanese Doctors Committee in early November is the southern Kordofan region, where about 20 of the fatalities were reported. The official number of cases was reported as being much higher by several local media outlets.
Flu-like symptoms are present with dengue fever, which frequently results in organ failure and death. Five people died as a result of an outbreak in Sudan in 2019, according to the World Health Organization.
At least 144 people were killed and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed during Sudan’s peak rainy season in August and September, along with roads and other crucial infrastructure.