Dengue fever found in four Iranian provinces, sparking health alert

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, has been detected in four provinces of Iran, with 63 confirmed cases and counting, according to health officials.
The mosquito species Aedes, which carries the dengue virus, has been found in the provinces of Gilan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Bushehr, and Hormuzgan, said Hossein Farshidi, Deputy Health Minister.
Farshidi warned that there is a risk of the mosquito spreading to neighboring provinces, including Khuzestan, Kerman, Golestan, and Mazandaran.
Saeed Karimi, deputy medical director of the Health Ministry, stated that out of 200 individuals who presented to medical centers with severe symptoms of high fever and bone pain, 63 have tested positive for dengue fever, with more test results pending.
Karimi attributed the rise in cases to travel to neighboring countries, particularly those in the Persian Gulf region, and advised travelers returning from these areas to seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms.
The mosquito Aedes breeds in small stagnant water bodies and tire piles, and its bite can cause dengue fever, which is characterized by high fever, severe bone pain, and in some cases, bleeding and hospitalization.
With a potential fatality rate of 1% for dengue fever, health authorities are urging the public to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, especially in areas where the Aedes mosquito is known to be present.
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