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Saudi health ministry confirms dengue, malaria cases in Jeddah

Spike in cases follows mass floods in city last month, 26 dengue cases suspected

Saudi health ministry confirms dengue, malaria cases in Jeddah
HEALTH WORRIES: Municipality has increased a spraying campaign to check the spread of dengue fever as Jeddah’s infectious disease status hasn’t changed

Saudi Arabia confirmed six cases of dengue fever and four
malaria cases in Jeddah following last month’s floods in the city, a health
official said on Thursday.

There have been 26 suspected cases of dengue fever since the
floods, six of which were confirmed, Sami Badawood, director of health affairs
in Jeddah, said in a phone interview.

Jeddah’s infectious disease status hasn’t changed and the
malaria cases are seasonal and usually imported from abroad or elsewhere in the
kingdom, Noha Dashash, the city’s assistant director of health affairs, also
said.

Jeddah’s municipality has increased a spraying campaign to
check the spread of dengue fever, particularly in the south of the city where
the worst of the flooding occurred, according to Amer Hamzah Asseri, supervisor
of the municipality’s fumigation and research program.

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