MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Egyptian district reports 253 dengue fever cases in October

Update on dengue fever in Egypt
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The National International Health Regulations Focal Point of Egypt recently informed the World Health Organization that there has been a dengue fever outbreak in the Dayrout District of Assiute Governorate.

The Dayrout Fever Hospital accepted 253 new dengue fever cases in October. Patients showed symptoms of acute febrile illness, such as headache, fever, abdominal pain, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Some of the patients were living in the same house, showing the spread of the illness. 

All of the patients have shown strong responses with medical care. They did not show any additional complications at the hospital and no deaths were reported.

The physicians took multiple samples of blood and serum as well as oropharyngeal swabs. The test results from ELISA and PCR, based at the Central Public Health Laboratories, showed that 28 of the 118 samples had dengue virus Type I. Additional samples were delivered to the Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) laboratory for testing. These results also showed a positive test result for the same virus.

A group of national experts -- including entomologists, laboratory personnel, epidemiologists, and sanitation personnel -- have visited the affected area and will perform investigations into the spread of the virus.

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