The weather has been quite unpredictable so far this year and with the change in weather conditions, several diseases are knocking on our doors. While people were yet to come to terms with the increase in the number of influenza cases, an uptrend in the cases of dengue and malaria is being seen. According to reports, Gautam Buddh Nagar has reported four new dengue cases in last 10 days. With this, the total number of cases in the district has gone up to 20.
Authorities are trying to curb the mosquito menace and the administration has decided to intensify the fogging and spraying of anti-larvae medicine. The Health Department has also asked societies to get swimming pools cleaned as soon as possible. The department has said that hefty fines will be imposed in cases societies fail to do so.
With the consistent rise in mercury, which has been above 18 degree Celsius for the last few days, the risk of vector-borne diseases has also increased.
Considering the surge in cases, all private hospitals have been asked to share information with the Health Department immediately upon arrival of suspected dengue patients.
Also, the Health Department has set up labs in the district hospitals. All private hospitals have been instructed to send samples of suspected dengue patients to the lab for examination.
What to do to protect yourself from dengue?
There are certain things that every individual must keep in mind in order to be safe from dengue. The most important is to stop mosquito breeding inside or outside your home. Also, keep your arms and legs covered by wearing full sleeves and full pants.
Some common symptoms of dengue
The bite of an infected Aedes mosquito can cause dengue fever. Here are a few symptoms of dengue:
- Body aches
- Joint pains
- Intense headache
- Loss of appetite
- Skin rashes
- Mucosal bleeding