Sudan: Thousands hit by mosquito-borne diseases in Kassala

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At least 11,000 people have been infected by mosquito-borne diseases in Sudan’s Kassala state, amid fears of an epidemic sweeping the country.

Sudanese officials confirmed on Tuesday that at least 11,000 cases of virus spread by mosquitoes – including chikungunya and dengue fever – have been reported. Residents in the area say hospitals are overwhelmed by the outbreak with people dying before receiving any care.

Chikungunya fever grips Kassala

Chikungunya is a viral haemorrhagic fever transmitted from human to human by infected mosquitoes. The same breed of mosquito also transmits other viruses such as dengue fever, which chikungunya is often misdiagnosed as.

There are on antiviral drug treatments or vaccines for either virus.

Earlier this week, officials in Kassala said only seven people had died as a result of the recent outbreaks, local witnesses claim to have seen a much higher number of people dying as a result.

One youth activist group has started a social media campaign claiming that more than 120 people have died, accusing local authorities of refusing to acknowledge the outbreaks.

Featured image: By Bertramz – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5646208

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.