Minister of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din headed on Tuesday to the city of Al-Qosier in the Red Sea governorate to follow up on efforts to combat symptoms of dengue fever.
The minister is scheduled to check efforts taken to eliminate the larvae of mosquitoes that spread the fever to bodies, and also to follow up on the medical services offered to the patients in hospitals. The Red Sea governor and high officials of the hospital will accompany the minister.
During the past period, a number of people have been reportedly infected with dengue fever, particularly children, due to 80% of water tanks in the governorate being uncovered, which resulted in the growth of mosquitoes that transmit the disease of dengue fever to people. It was also reported that the disease also appeared in Qena governorate.
Families of the city have previously demanded the minister to visit the city to check to what extent the disease has spread in the city.
Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Maghed previously said in a televised interview that the illness is not contagious and does not cause death, and that it previously appeared in Egypt in October 2015, particularly in Upper Egypt’s Assiut governorate.
He also denied reports indicating that there are some people infected with the fever, asserting that their cases are unrelated to dengue fever; however, limited cases were infected, with no death incidents.