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Dengue fever on the rise in Mali with more than 20 deaths recorded

Authorities say dengue fever is on the rise in Mali, posing a new threat to the West African nation struggling with extremist attacks and political turbulence.
 
The director general of health and public hygiene said his department had counted 21 deaths and 600 cases of the disease as of Monday.
 
There is no specific treatment for the viral infection but two vaccines have been recommended by the World Health Organization for countries that suffer regular outbreaks.
 
Mali's government has not officially released any figures on the disease to the public, nor has it announced whether it has requested aid from the WHO.
 


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