Tanzania's government announces outbreak of dengue fever

NAIROBI, Kenya — Tanzanian authorities have announced an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and Tanga region along the coast.

Deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile said Thursday that 252 people have been hospitalized in Dar es Salaam while 55 others have been admitted at health facilities in the Tanga region.

Dengue fever causes severe headache along with muscle and joint pain. There is no treatment.

The Tanzanian government attributes the outbreak to heavy rainfall.

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