Rift Valley fever during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa: A double burden for Africa's healthcare system

Olivier Uwishema*, Elie Chalhoub, Tania Torbati, Success Chekwube David, Carlo Khoury, Lucas Loiola Ponte Albuquerque Ribeiro, Yves Nasrallah, Bezawit Kassahun Bekele, Helen Onyeaka

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Abstract

A new rising incidence of Rift Valley fever (RVF) among livestock and humans in the African continent during the COVID-19 pandemic has become of increasing concern. We analyzed the different ways COVID-19 has contributed to the increase in RVF cases and how it has impacted the interventions allocated to the disease by comparing it with the status of the disease before the pandemic. There is enough evidence to conclude that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the efforts being taken to prevent outbreaks of RVF. Therefore, with no definitive treatment in place and inadequate preventive measures and disease control, RVF may potentially lead to a future epidemic unless addressed urgently.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere468
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Science Reports
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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Funding Information:
We have not received any funding for this study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Health Science Reports published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.

Keywords

  • Africa
  • burden
  • COVID-19
  • Rift Valley fever

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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