The SDMC report released on Monday 29th October, stated in its report that at least 290 new dengue cases have been diagnosed in the city during the previous week. With this, the number has risen up to 1,310. This number, however, continues to be lower than the last three years, as the report suggested.
The number of dengue cases around this time last year stood at 3,272; in 2016 it was 3,333 and in 2015 the number was 14,246. This year, there has been just one death because of dengue while the last two years saw 10 deaths each and in 2015 there were 60 deaths from the vector-borne disease.
Dengue fever symptoms include a fever, intense headache, body aches, joint pains, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes and mucosal bleeding. There is no specific treatment for this disease, but adequate fluid intake and bed rest is important. It has been observed that most patients recover within two weeks. However, dengue fever can turn severe, leading to dengue hemorrhagic syndrome and dengue shock syndrome, which are often fatal.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
Here are some simple precautions you can take to protect yourself against dengue fever:
• Protect yourself against mosquito bites
• Prevent mosquito breeding inside and outside your home
• Avoid visiting areas prone to mosquitoes.
• Apply mosquito repellent, ideally one containing DEET.
• Wear long-sleeves and long pants to cover your arms and legs.
• Use mosquito nets while sleeping.
And most importantly, stay well hydrated.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
WISHING A HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL THE READERS.