20 deaths from dengue within 18 days

By Mahima Devkota

Kathmandu, Sept 19: A total of 20 people have lost their lives due to dengue infection in the country in 18 days.

Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Spokesperson to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), said that 20 deaths from dengue infection have been reported across the country in the last 18 days.

He said that symptoms such as high fever, severe body ache, nausea, and vomiting are common symptoms of dengue. Severe symptoms are loss of platelets, blood loss, and organ failure because of extreme blood loss in patients.

The first death of dengue this year was reported in the Kaillai district in a 35-year woman on September 1.

He said that the mortality of dengue can be reduced to 2 per cent if it is diagnosed early and is under the observation of medical doctors.

Dengue has spread in 75 districts of the total 77 districts of the country and the number of dengue cases has so far reached 16,587. Earlier, dengue used to be observed in the tropical regions, but, this year, it has spread to even temperate parts of the country.

Following the rise in dengue infection and even mortality, the ministry of health and population (MoHP) has put the infection in the high alert zone.

According to the EDCD, Dengue is a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitos.

Dengue is caused by a virus of the Flaviviridae family and there are four distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4). Recovery from infection is believed to provide lifelong immunity against that serotype. However, cross-immunity to the other serotypes after recovery is only partial and temporary. Subsequent infections (secondary infection) by other serotypes increase the risk of developing severe dengue (WHO, 2022), read the statement.

Bagmati Province holds the highest number of dengue cases

As per the data from MoHP, the highest number of dengue infections has been observed in Bagmati Province. So far, 12,401 cases of dengue infection have been reported in Bagmati from June To September, followed by Lumbini Province (2,422) cases, Province 1 (504 ) cases, Sudur Paschim Province (493 ) cases, Gandaki Province (322) cases. The least number of dengue infections has been reported in Madhes Province which stands at 242.

85 per cent of cases in 10 districts

The 10 districts which hold 85 per cent of the dengue cases are Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Makawanpur, Dang, Bhaktapur, Rupandehi, Chitwan, Gulmi, Darchula, and Kavrepalanchok. Lalitpur(4,604), Kathmandu(4445), Makwanpur(1597), Dang (994), Bhaktapur (713), and Rupandehi(659) are the districts having the greatest number of dengue cases of the 10 districts having most dengue cases.

-TRN Online

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