Dengue Cases Spreading

Sept. 2, Cases of dengue fever have been rising in Kathmandu and other districts of the country. Major hospitals in Kathmandu have given reports of infected patients.

Dr. Manisha Rawal, Director at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH), informed that around 120 patients are visiting the emergency department of the hospital on a daily basis and among them 90 percent is found to be infected with dengue in average.

According to doctors, fever, headache, muscle pain and vomiting are some of the symptoms of dengue. It is transmitted by female mosquito, after they bite a person.

Most of the biting time of the mosquito is early in the morning and in the evening before dusk, said Dr. Bimal Sharma Chalise, Chief Consultant Physician at the STIDH. According to him, as there is no vaccine or medicine for dengue, patients should drink plenty of fluids and take medicines only as per the doctor’s advice.

Mosquitoes that cause dengue lay eggs in uncovered water tanks, buckets, discarded plastic cups, bottles and even tyres which hold water and infect people in daylight.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), humans are known to carry the infection from one country to another or from one area to another.

A total of 3,227 cases of dengue have been reported within 8 months in 72 districts this year, according to the EDCD.

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