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Sudan: Chikungunya Fever On the Rise in Eastern Sudan

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Port Sudan — A government report has shown more than 10,000 cases of chikungunya* fever in Sudan's Red Sea state over the past four months.

A report by the Sudenese Health Ministry said the fever cases included the localities of Toker, Sawakin, Sinkat and Port Sudan

The incidence rate was about 11 cases per 1,000 people. The report denied that any deaths have occurred due to chikungunya.


Poor sanitation and contamination of drinking water are blamed for the spread of diseases such as cholera and chikungunya, which have become endemic in parts of the country.

The current outbreak of chikungunya began in August last year after heavy rains hit Sudan's eastern Kassala state and El Gash

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