The ruling class in Egypt has launched an “investigation” into a mysterious viral illness that has so far infected 67 people. The symptoms have so far been mild.
The infections have caused mild to moderate symptoms in most cases, including high fever, bone pain, and fatigue lasting three to five days in all cases, the health ministry said on Monday. Vomiting and nausea have also been reported in some cases. Over the past few weeks, many residents in the Al-Qus have reported their symptoms to local healthcare units, leading experts to suspect an outbreak of dengue fever in the village. Tests conducted by the ministry on those infected have not confirmed its presence so far.
According to a report by The National News, samples of this virus have been taken from those thought to be infected as well as local water sources for testing, the ministry’s statement added.
In light of information regarding this virus, Russia has decided to clamp down on flights coming from Egypt. According to a report by TASS, Russia’s sanitary watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Monday that it has enhanced security protocols for flights from Egypt following the outbreak of an unidentified disease in that country.
“Rospotrebnadzor warns tourists planning to vacation in Egypt: in order to avoid getting insect-borne infectious and parasitic diseases, please observe precautions: wear clothing that maximally protects the skin, use mosquito repellents, and put mosquito nets over doors and windows. When back home, consult a doctor if you feel sick, and don’t forget to tell the doctor where you have come from,” it added. -TASS
Because this virus is similar to dengue fever, which is a mosquito-borne illness, Egyptian residents have been asked to cover water sources and avoid contact with the insects until further tests are conducted. According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever typically presents flu-like symptoms lasting 2-7 days. Symptoms first emerge 4-10 days after an infected mosquito bite.