Dengue on rise,118 cases in city

There seems to be no stopping the dengue fever in the city as the number of cases has been rising for the past two months.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 12, 2012 1:39 am

There seems to be no stopping the dengue fever in the city as the number of cases has been rising for the past two months.

The number of cases reported till Thursday from the city alone is 118 while overall the total number of cases including those of outside patients are 187 to date. The majority of the cases being reported in the city are from Mauli Jagran,Hallo Majra,Maloya Colony and other periphery areas of the city.

The number is extremely high as compared to last season wherein 73 cases were reported from the city.

Officials in the UT Health Department said most of the patients had contracted mild dengue and even dengue-like fever. Doctors added that the children and elderly were easy prey to the fever due to their low immunity.

“We advise the patients suffering from dengue and similar fevers to take plenty of fluids and keep themselves hydrated,” said Dr Subhash Varma,head of the medicine department,PGIMER.

Mosquitoe menace

Dengue is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito,aedes egypti. When the mosquito bites a person infected with the virus,it spreads it to others,but can survive the virus itself. The symptoms include high fever,severe headache,severe pain behind the eyes,joint pain,muscle and bone pain,rash and mild bleeding. The mosquito can breed in 10-15 ml of water too. Doctors advise use of repellent creams and mosquito coils. In some people,dengue is moderate and goes away on its own after a few days of fever depending on their immunity.

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