Dengue Fever Threatens Yemen But Forces Houthi Rebels To Withdraw

At least 20 people have died in Aden, according to the Yemen Post, but messages about additional victims appear on local Yemenite social media every few hours.

Jun 22, 2015 at 1:19 PM ET

Yemen is contending with a deadly Dengue fever outbreak, adding to the growing list of humanitarian issues in the war-torn country. “In Yemen, you are either killed by guns or die from Dengue Fever” one local wrote on social media following the outbreak. Others sought the relatively bright side of the the deadly situation, suggesting that the new outbreak forced the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to withdraw from a strategic area.

According to a World Health Organization report, there has been more than 3,000 suspected cases of Dengue Fever in Yemen since the beginning of the outbreak. At least 20 people have died in Aden, according to the Yemen Post, but messages about additional victims appear on local Yemenite social media every few hours.

Translation: “Yemen – in Aden you are either killed by guns or by Dengue Fever” 

The rapidly growing outbreak erupted a few weeks ago, and it was well reflected on Yemenite social media channels. Hundreds of local residents began posting messages asking for prayers for the health of their friends and family members infected by the virus. Some took to social media to share information about those who died. Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness with symptoms that include fever, muscle and joint pains.

Translation: “pray for your brothers in Aden suffering from a health crisis. Pray for the health of Doctor Mohammed Alyazedy who was infected by the Dengue Fever”

Southern Yemenite news outlets reported that the outbreak prompted Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to withdraw from one of the strategic areas in Aden. The Iranian backed-Houthi rebels have been fighting the Saudi-led coalition for control over the strategic port city of Aden since the beginning of the conflict in April.

Translate: “Houthi militias withdrew from the Crater area… because of Dengue Fever. You (Houthis) turned Aden into a city full of epidemics and deadly disease” 


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