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Dengue fever outbreak in Egypt forces Russia to issue tourism warning

Most cases of the mosquito-borne virus are not severe. Russia has implemented health measures for flights from Egypt as a result of the outbreak.
A worker fumigates a house against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of dengue fever in a neighborhood in Piura, northern Peru, on June 11, 2023. (Photo by ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP) (Photo by ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images)

Egyptian authorities confirmed on Tuesday an outbreak of dengue, a development that forced Russia to issue a warning to its citizens visiting the country, and could affect tourism to Egypt amid the economic crisis.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health said an unknown number of people in Al Ilayqat have tested positive for dengue. There have been no deaths, and the infected individuals are being treated at home, according to a Facebook post from the ministry. 

Al Ilayqat is located in Qena governorate in central Egypt, near the Nile River. It is possible that other areas are also affected. Some of the dengue cases in Al Ilayqat are “linked to cases that showed symptoms” in Safaga and Quseer, according to the ministry. Both cities are located on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

Speculation about dengue began last week when people in the area started reporting fever, body aches and headaches, according to the Egyptian state-owned news outlet Al-Ahram.

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