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Dengue fever: Delhi at stake

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What is Dengue

Dengue fever is a painful and debilitating vector-borne disease. this is caused by either of the four closely related dengue viruses. This fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

SYMPTOMS

  • sudden high fever with headaches and pain in the eye sockets.
  • Nausea, vomiting, muscle pain.
  • mild bleeding in gums. 
  • rashes on the skin after two to five days of the onset of fever.

fever can be easily diagnosed by blood check up and this disease is most prevalent in tropical regions. As such, there is no vaccine to prevent the disease. But you can take up pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid the ones with Aspirin because the latter can worsen bleeding.

PROTECT YOURSELF 

 

  • if possible, stay away from densely populated residential areas.
  • even when you are indoors, use mosquito repellent.
  • when going out, cover your body completely. Wear socks with full sleeved pants and shirt.
  • Make sure window and door screens are secure and free of holes. If sleeping areas are not screened or air-conditioned, use mosquito nets.

DELHI AT STAKE

The cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November. But the period may stretch to mid-December. On June 28, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had directed local bodies. Other agencies to intensify vector control measures. He had also asked for regular meetings at the level of district magistrates. With all stakeholders to review the situation in their respective districts. According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi last year, of whom five were not residents of the national capital. They died here. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city last year.

 

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