1,732 More Dengue Cases In Delhi Than Last Year, What Are We Missing?

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| October 4 , 2017 , 15:05 IST

A year later and none the wiser, at least in the case of preventing dengue outbreaks.

The national capital Delhi continues to struggle with dengue as Delhi hospitals reported 756 cases of dengue in the past week itself, while the week before nearly 900 cases had been reported, according to data from the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs).

Adding the recent figures, the total number of dengue cases this year has risen to 3,865, an increase of 1,732 from the total 2,133 cases reported during the same period last year. From the 3,865 cases reported this year 1,807 are residents of Delhi while the others came from neighbouring states to Delhi for treatment. The number of cases of Delhi residents contracting dengue has also increased this year, as last year only 1,512 cases were of Delhi residents.

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“There has definitely been an increase in the number of cases of dengue and this could most likely be due to the intermittent rains that Delhi had recently. Although the numbers now seem higher than the previous year, the figures will balance out as we are hoping that there will be a decline in the number of cases in the next 15 or 20 days,” a municipal health official said to media.

How To Prevent Dengue

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and is commonly found in India. While dengue is generally not fatal, exacerbated cases can result in death, which is why it is important to identify dengue as soon as possible if you contract it.

Symptoms of dengue include fever, intense headache, joint pain, body ache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and mucosal bleeding. Dengue can be confirmed by a simple blood test. Although there is no 'cure' for dengue, patients generally recover within 2 weeks with adequate fluid intake and bed rest.

Since dengue is spread by mosquitoes, the best prevention of dengue, as well as other mosquito-borne diseases like Chikungunya, is avoiding mosquitoes altogether. Wear long sleeves and full pants whenever possible and use mosquito repellents in the form of creams and sprays. Sleep in air-conditioned rooms or under mosquito nets and frequently change any water that may be lying stagnant.