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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saudi Arabia : Dengue fever at epidemic proportions - Health official

Article from Saudi Gazette :

" JEDDAH: Dengue fever is at epidemic proportions in Jeddah and will be hard to eradicate, according to Dr. Sami Eid, Assistant Director General of Health Affairs in Jeddah for Primary Health Care.

Eid said the situation has worsened over the last few years because of the heavy downpours and floods in the governorate.

Even though there has been a 50 percent drop in infected patients so far this year, compared to the same period last year, there are joint plans underway to eradicate the disease by the Jeddah Mayoralty, Ministry of Agriculture and Health Affairs.

He said a preventive program is underway, which includes awareness campaigns on how residents can protect themselves."

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