Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Angola dengue fever outbreak claims 10 lives since March

The dengue fever outbreak in the Luanda Province of Angola continues to grow according to a Xinhua report today. The latest numbers from the southern African nation shows that since March there has been at least 834 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease and 10 deaths.

The vast majority of cases (831) have been reported from the capital city of Luanda.

These numbers are up dramatically from mid-May when 128 cases of dengue were reported from Luanda.

According to the CDC, Dengue is an illness caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles. Symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to develop after you are bitten by an infected mosquito, but usually end in a week. In severe cases, symptoms may include intense stomach pain, repeated vomiting, difficulty breathing, becoming drowsy or irritable and bleeding from the nose or gums. See a doctor right away if you have these symptoms.

Angola is a country in Southern Africa bordered byNamibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean and Luanda is its capital city.

Luanda is Angola’s largest seaport, with an estimated population of 5-20 million people.

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