The World Health Organization has warned of a potential rise in dengue cases in Afghanistan due to increased temperatures and heavy rainfall. The organization notes that the environmental conditions this year are conducive to the spread of the virus and that the shortage of safe drinking water adds to potential risk of further spread.
The organization recommends community-based prevention efforts such as routine surveillance, vector control measures, raising public awareness of the disease, and regular contact with health care providers, particularly when there is a rise in reported cases. In addition, the organization recommends that hospitals and health facilities be prepared to provide diagnosis and treatment to affected individuals.
As the number of cases increases, the WHO encourages Afghans to take preventative action to protect themselves against dengue, such as using insect repellent, avoiding bites outside during peak mosquito hours, and clearing stagnant water sources near their homes.