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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Must Do More to Stop Recurring Chikungunya Outbreaks

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Ethiopia's second largest city, Dire Dawa, is dealing with a chikungunya fever outbreak. Around 20,000 cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection have been reported since the outbreak started in March 2019. This is the second recorded outbreak of the disease in the country; the first was in 2016. Eunice Anyango Owino spoke to The Conversation Africa about the disease and the burden it places on public health.

What is chikungunya?

Chikungunya was first discovered in 1952 along the border between Mozambique and Tanzania. The disease is caused by the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes in the Aedes family.

Infection can cause severe illness especially in young children,

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