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Chikungunya epidemic in Djibouti: 'Unprecedented', according to media report

Jan 19th · 1 min read

In a follow-up on the chikungunya situation in Djibouti,  on the Horn of Africa, a report in the Djiboutian Human Village magazine states (computer translated) that the chikungunya epidemic in the country is unprecedented.

Image/CDCAccording to an official communication from the Minister of Health, Mohamed Warsama Dirieh, of Tuesday, December 24, the significant increase in the number of fever cases in the Republic of Djibouti is mainly due to three diseases: malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya. The health services have reportedly recorded 16,000 cases in the various health structures.

According to data from international institutions based in Djibouti, malaria cases would have multiplied by 2000% between 2012 and 2019 … going from 24 detected cases to 43000 in June 2019. This fears that if no significant action is taken quickly , between now and June 2020 the risk is very high that half of the population will be affected by this chikungunya virus.

The report also notes that government authorities began aerial spraying for the mosquito started late December in an attempt to stem the spread of the epidemic.

We have been unable to get anything from official sources yet, but this story continues to break so stay tuned.

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last updated: 2020-01-19@08:01