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The governorate's health office says 90 have died from the viral disease; those closely following the outbreak claim hundreds of deaths

Activists dispute dengue fever death toll in Hodeidah

For two months, Hodeidah governorate has been ravaged by a dengue fever outbreak that has claimed the lives of citizens in most of its districts.

The outbreak began in southern Al-Jarahi District, which declared a state of emergency in October as the disease spread at an alarming rate, killing dozens of people, mostly children.

The health office in the Houthi-controlled governorate was unable to curb the disease as it spread northward to the districts of Zabeed and Beit Al-Faqih, fueling a humanitarian disaster before reaching most of the districts in central and upper Hodeidah. 

In an update on the outbreak, Hodeidah’s health office announced that 90 people have died from dengue fever, including 52 children, in the districts of Zahra, Zabeed, Al-Jarahi and Beit al-Faqih. Almasdar Online’s correspondent viewed a copy of the announcement. 

Activists on social media consider the statistic misleading, saying that deaths from dengue fever now number in the hundreds. In mid-November, the health office in Al-Jarahi said that 56 people had died from the mosquito-borne illness in that district alone. The other districts mentioned have also recorded large death counts from dengue fever. 

The UN's World Health Organization recorded 59,486 suspected cases of dengue fever, including 219 deaths from January to November across Yemen, with the caveat that diagnosing and collecting data about the disease are difficult under current circumstances. 

Medical facilities in Hodeidah have a shortage of medicine and beds due to the rise in dengue fever and other preventable diseases. The accumulation of garbage in the streets has contributed to the disease outbreaks.


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