Efforts made to control dengue outbreak in Tanzania

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Efforts are being made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and authorities in Tanzania to control the outbreak of dengue in the country's main city, Dar es Salaam.

Three people are reported to have died and more than 400 infected by the flu-like mosquito-borne tropical disease.

WHO says there is no specific treatment for dengue and its prevention depends solely on effectively avoiding contact with contaminated mosquitoes.

Dr. Grace Saguti is the WHO's officer dealing with Disease Prevention and Control in Tanzania.

"WHO has supported availability of the rapid response team, especially for the availability of the laboratory supplies in order to diagnose the cases and also support surveillance activities in order to see the trend of the disease, how it's going and training of the health workers for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control."(26")

Dr. Saguti said WHO has daily updates and follow-ups on what is being done at the municipal level to control dengue in Dar es Salaam.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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