Location: Sudan: 21 localities in West, Central, North, East, and South Darfur
Disease: Confirmed Severe Dengue Fever
Update: The recent outbreak of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) was likely caused by the dengue virus. The Sudanese Ministry of Health (MoH) last week confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in Darfur and according to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, authorities stated the VHF outbreak was due to the dengue virus. After a retrospective analysis and re-classification of cases by the WHO and the MoH, 392 suspected cases of severe dengue fever, with 113 fatalities, were reported between 29 August and 14 November, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
IDIS Level: CAT 3; According to OCHA, there are 89 local surveillance sites reporting daily on dengue fever and malaria. While vector control activities are ongoing, only approximately 30 percent of the necessary control activities were implemented in the affected regions.