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News Outlets Report On Potential Public Health Impacts Of El Niño

Agence France-Presse: El Niño could spark large-scale dengue fever epidemic
“The weather phenomenon known as El Niño could lead to an epidemic of dengue fever cases in southeast Asia, international researchers said Monday. … Researchers analyzed 18 years of monthly dengue surveillance reports across southeast Asia, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed U.S. journal…” (10/5).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Millions hungry in sub-Saharan Africa, worse to come from El Niño: Red Cross
“Tens of millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa are going hungry due to erratic weather and the situation is set to worsen as the El Niño weather pattern reaches its peak, the Red Cross said on Monday as it launched funding appeals for six countries…” (Guilbert, 10/6).

VOA News: El Niño Worsening Sub-Saharan Africa Food Crisis
“…IFRC is launching an $8 million emergency appeal to assist more than 200,000 people in Gambia, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. The appeals aim to help the most vulnerable of the millions at risk…” (Schlein, 10/5).

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