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Tanzania and WHO act on high-mortality Rift Valley fever

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

The high mortality and size of a number of outbreaks of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Tanzania have triggered a swift response on the part of the WHO, with measures to intensify diagnostic testing, including active case detection. The first human case of this mosquito-transmitted viral zoonosis in a long time was recorded in early February. Since then, more than 130 suspected cases and at least 18 deaths (at March 23) have been reported in five regions (Arusha, Dodoma, Mangara, Morogoro and Tanga). Of these cases, only a small number have been laboratory-confirmed, at the WHO-accredited Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

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