WHO: 3,000 cases of dengue fever in Yemen reported since March
Lack of water and sanitation services are exacerbating the risk of contracting the mosquito-born illness. (AFP/File)
More than 3,000 case of dengue fever have been reported in Yemen since March, the AFP reported Tuesday, citing a World Health Organization spokesman.
The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen has dealt a severe blow to the already weakened health infrastructure inside the country, and a lack of water and sanitation facilities are worsening the situation, AFP reported
"More than 3,000 suspected dengue cases have been reported since March 2015 but the numbers are expected to be considerably higher," Christian Lindmeier, spokesman for the WHO, told AFP on Tuesday.
He added, "Some NGOs are reporting more than 6,000 cases, that is double the officially reported cases."
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness endemic in Yemen, and instances of the disease usually spike between April and August every year.
Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, and circulatory system failure.