Dengue Epidemic Looms

A skeletal rider sits upon a sickly pale green horse. Their representation is of disease epidemics and death.

Children in hospital

Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan – June 13, 2016

Dengue cases normally peak in the Kingdom during the onslaught of the monsoon. This year, however, things seem to be different and we are seeing a large number of cases of dengue fever reported even before the start of the wet season.

The Ministry of Health, in a statement released last week, said that from January to May this year there were 1,915 cases and four deaths from the mosquito-borne disease. Last year during the same time period, the ministry added, there were 567 cases with one death.

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