36 people infected in Rupandehi

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, RUPANDEHI
Last year, five people were diagnosed with dengue in the district, while in 2014, the number of dengue patients was nine

Nov 17, 2016-As many as 36 people in Rupandehi have been diagnosed with dengue this season, the District Public Health Office (DPHO) said on Tuesday.  

Butwal, a major city in the district, has outnumbered other towns and villages when it comes to number patients infected with dengue virus. 

Kedar Nath Shah, a vector control inspector at the DPHO, expressed concern that the number of people with dengue could go up this year,

Dr Prabin Khatri, general physician at the Universal College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), also said the number of dengue patients has increased dramatically in the district this year. 

The hospital has seen continuous flow of dengue patients, though some have been found to be in early stage of the disease, he said. 

Those diagnosed with the disease have been receiving treatment at various health facilities, including the UCMS, Lumbini Zonal Hospital, Butwal Hospital Private Limited and Amda Hospital, said Dr Khatri. Some others have returned home after treatment, he added. 

Last year, five people were diagnosed with dengue while the previous year, the number of patients infected with the dengue virus was recorded at nine. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person. Symptoms range from mild fever to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle-joint pain and rash.

Published: 17-11-2016 07:59

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