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Tourists warned about unknown virus in Egypt

In Egypt, 67 cases of infection with an unknown virus have been recorded in the village of Al-Kus in the province of Qena.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health sent a medical convoy for tests and treatment after 67 people contracted an unknown virus in a village in the south of the country.

According to media reports, cases of an unknown disease were recorded in the Qena region, which tourists pass on their way to Luxor. Many tourists who go on excursions to the famous monuments of Ancient Egypt are at risk of passing through this province. Kena is located on the Nile just north of Luxor, and the bus route from Hurghada to Luxor lies through Kena.

Over the past few weeks, many residents of Al Qus have reported their symptoms to local health facilities, leading experts to suspect a dengue outbreak in the village. Tests conducted by the ministry on those infected have not yet confirmed its presence.

Because the disease is carried by mosquitoes, residents have been asked to close water sources and avoid contact with the insects until further tests are carried out.

According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever typically presents with flu-like symptoms that last 2 to 7 days. The first symptoms appear 4-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Common symptoms include high fever accompanied by at least two symptoms such as headaches, pain behind the eyes, nausea and vomiting, swollen glands, and pain in the joints, bones, or muscles.

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