Dengue infections cross 5,000-mark; half of the infected in Sunsari

Himal Press 31 Jul 2023
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KATHMANDU: Dengue virus infection has affected more than 5,000 people, with approximately half of the cases reported Sunsari district, according to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Ministry of Health and Population.

According to the division, a total of 5,688 people have been infected since last year, with Sunsari district recording the highest number of cases at 3,486.

The infection rate is escalating due to continuous rainfall and inadequate attention to hygiene. There were 4,619 reported cases till five days ago.

The dengue virus is transmitted through mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species. Stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for these mosquitoes. The dengue virus is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

The Koshi region has seen a significant increase in infections this time, with 3,821 cases reported in Koshi province, 962 in Bagmati, 357 in Gandaki, 325 in Sudurpaschim, 170 in Lumbini , 27 in Karnali, and 26 in Madhes.

Among the new patients, 87% (4,939 cases) belong to ten districts. The highest number of dengue patients are reported in Sunsari district (3,486), followed by Dhading (655), Kaski (281), Darchula (191), Kathmandu (96), Sankhuwasabha (75), Myagdi (58), Morang (57), Kanchanpur (57), and Jhapa (56).

Dengue was first identified in Nepal in 2004. The dengue infection has now spread to 70 districts. To prevent the spread of the virus, the ministry has advised people to use mosquito nets while sleeping, wear long-sleeved clothing when working outdoors, and use mosquito-repellent incense or ointments.

Published On: 31 Jul 2023


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