Tanzania's government announces outbreak of dengue fever

Tanzania's government announces outbreak of dengue fever with more than 300 people treated

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Tanzanian authorities have announced an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and Tanga region along the coast.

Deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile said Thursday that 252 people have been hospitalized in Dar es Salaam while 55 others have been admitted at health facilities in the Tanga region.

Dengue fever causes severe headache along with muscle and joint pain. There is no cure.

The Tanzanian government attributes the outbreak to heavy rainfall.