DENGUE – AFRICA: FATAL
Date: Fri 28 Jul 2023
Source: Africa CDC [edited]
Since January 2023, a total of 13 226 cases (2959 confirmed; 10 267
suspected) and 22 deaths (CFR: 0.7%) of dengue fever have been
reported in 7 African Union Member States (MS): Angola (3 cases; 0
deaths), Côte d’Ivoire (107; 0 ), Egypt (200; 0), Ethiopia (9768; 4),
Mauritius (222; 0), Sao Tome and Principe (1223; 11), Senegal (42; 0)
and Sudan (1664; 7). This week (28 Jul 2023), 2860 new cases and 11
new deaths of dengue fever were reported from Ethiopia, Mauritius and
Sao Tome and Principe.
In Ethiopia since the last update (14 Jul 2023), the Ethiopian Public
Health Institute (EPHI) reported 2857 new cases (28 confirmed; 2829
suspected) and no new deaths of dengue fever. Cumulatively, 9768 cases
(92 confirmed; 9676 suspected) and 4 deaths (CFR: 4.3%) have been
reported from 7 Woredas of Afar region and 5 villages in Dire Dewa
city administration. Majority (92%) of the cases were reported from
The EPHI activated the regional emergency operations centers (EOC) to
coordinate the response and continues to conduct enhanced
surveillance, risk communication and case management at designated
treatment centers. In addition, vector control activities are ongoing
in the affected regions.
In Mauritius since the last update (28 Jul 2023), the Ministry of
Health and Wellness, Communicable Disease Control Unit of Mauritius
reported 3 new confirmed cases and no new deaths of dengue fever from
the island of Mauritius. Cumulatively, 222 confirmed cases and no
deaths have been reported from 2 islands: Mauritius (164 cases) and
Rodrigues (58). Currently, there are no active cases of dengue fever
in both islands.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has implemented a number of public
health measures to mitigate the outbreak, including enhanced
surveillance, strengthened laboratory capacity, vector control
measures and daily monitoring. A multi-sectoral committee on dengue
fever has also been constituted.
In Sao Tome and Principe since the last report (7 May 2023), the MoH
reported 11 new deaths of dengue fever from Agua Grande district in
Sao Tome and Principe (STP). Cumulatively, 1223 confirmed cases and 11
deaths (CFR:0.9%) of dengue fever have been reported from all 7
districts of Sao Tome and Principe (STP).
Sao Tome and Principe: The MoH deployed a rapid response team to
conduct outbreak investigation, active case search and risk