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Dengue outbreak strikes Yemen

Dengue fever has killed three people since appearing in Yemen early this month and 58 others have been infected, a Health Ministry official confirmed this week.

Dengue fever has killed three people since appearing in Yemen early this month and 58 others have been infected, a Health Ministry official confirmed this week.

Ministry Under-Secretary Abbas al-Metwakel told the official news agency Saba that there were 423 suspected cases in three Yemeni provinces, particularly in eastern Shabwa province.

He said authorities had launched a campaign to kill mosquitoes to prevent a spread of the tropical disease.

In March, the US embassy in Yemen advised against travel to the western coast of the Arab state due to an outbreak of dengue fever, a sometimes fatal disease.

The disease is characterised by high fever, rash, headaches, and severe muscle and joint pain.

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