Health Minister: No deaths of dengue fever
Friday، 13 October 2017 - 10:50 PM
State Information Service received a statement from the Ministry of Health and Population on dengue fever stressing that cases are very limited and only detected in the cities of Quseir and Safaga. Health Minister Dr Ahmad Emad Eldine stated that there were no deaths of dengue fever.
Following is the full text:
The Egyptian Ministry of health & population : wish to assure all concerned parties that immediately upon the detection of the disease it retaliated by taking all measures, accordingly
No deaths of "dengue fever" .. The cases are very limited and only detected in the cities of Quseir and Safaga .. The virus is very weak
Dr. Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady, Minister of Health and Population, stated that there were no deaths of dengue fever. The total number of cases diagnosed & admitted was 245. Out of those, 210 were completely cured and discharged. There are only 35 cases remaining in the egyptian hospitals and currently receiving treatment.
The incidence of these cases was detected in the cities of Quseir and Safaga of the Red Sea Governorate. There are no cases detected in the areas of Hurghada, Halaib, Shalatin, Marsa Alam or Ras ghareb.
The Ministry of Health and Population clarified that this fever results from a weak virus called "dengue virus" that is transmitted by a mosquito known as "Aedes aegypti". The life cycle of this virus in the human body lasts for a maximum of one week, resulting in weak non life threatening symptoms similar to the symptoms of flue (common cold ) which might include a slight increase in temperature, headache, muscle aches, joint aches .
The ministry also pointed out that for all the cases suspected of being infected, a more accurate PCR laboratory testing is held in order to confirm or deny having dengue fever, as its symptoms are very similar to other common conditions.
The treatment of this virus is mainly symptomatic including antipyretics such as "paracetamol".
The Minister of health & population announced that the ministry is about to exterminate the presence of the virus & its mosquito vector from Egypt completely within few days.
The Ministry of Health and Population ascertains that the data issued by the ministry is documented and the number of cases announced is the actual number of cases diagnosed & admitted to the Egyptian hospitals.
The Ministry of health & population calls upon all concerned parties not to issue any official statement based on non reliable sources and to rely only on the official documents released by the Egyptian government.