The ministry of Health has issued a warning to all business people traveling to Dar es Salaam of Dengue outbreak in the United Republic of Tanzania which has already claimed four lives.

The Ministry issued a warning today in a statement released to the media.

In a statement, the ministry said by May 30, 2014, 1,017 cases and four deaths were confirmed in three districts in Dar es Salaam.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public and the media that it has received reports of a Dengue outbreak in the United Republic of Tanzania, especially in Dar es Salaam, a popular destination for shopping to thousands of business people from across the country. By 2nd June 2014, in the districts Kinondoni, Temeke, and Ilala that are in Dar es Salaam, a total of 1,089 cases were confirmed with four deaths.

“We therefore wish to inform all the people traveling to Dar es Salaam to exercise great caution and practice appropriate prevention measures”, read the  statement in part.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

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