The World Health Organization (WHO) today detailed a Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak affecting six states in Sudan, which follows heavy rains and flash flooding in August that affected nearly all of the country.
The mosquito-borne disease mainly affects livestock, but the virus can spread to humans through contact with blood, organs, or milk from infected animals.
Heavy rains on Aug 13 amplified mosquito populations, and the outbreak in humans began on Sep 19, the WHO said. As of Nov 11, officials have reported 293 suspected cases, 11 of them fatal.
Two heavily affected states
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