Capital in grip of Dengue again; Here's facts and prevention tips

Dengue has hit the heart of India and the capital New Delhi again. At least 250 people got infected with the vector-borne disease in past one week taking the toll to 780 this year, South Delhi mayor Subhash Arya reported on Friday.

More than 1000 cases including three deaths due to vector-borne disease were reported last year in Delhi. Although, current year has seen less number of cases but if stats from January to August are taken into account then current year is worst among last five years. The number of cases from January 1 to August 21 for the last four years were — 28 (2014), 96 (2013), 11 (2012), 60 (2011). While 550 cases were reported in 2010.

Municipal corporation official said that dengue sprouts in monsoon season and contributes most to the overall dengue count. Number of people getting infected from dengue will rise at a very high rate seeing the current trend and there are very high chances that current year will surpass past five years in dengue count.

Dengue is caused by virus carried by Aedes mosquito. Every year in the monsoon season dengue cases rises in the country as warm and humid condition is best for mosquitoes to breed. Thus, it always better to take precautions. Here are symptoms and methods to prevent dengue.

Symptoms

  • Dengue starts with severe joint pain and muscular pain.
  • Swollen Lymph nodes
  • Severe headache
  • Body temperature rises which get converted into fever
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • rashes

Here are some prevention methods

  • Since Aedes mosquito breed in water, so do not let stagnant water in buckets and any other utensils.
  • In summers, people use water coolers, its always a safer option to put kerosene oil in the cooler. This way oil forms a thin layer over water and restricts oxygen to go into water and also prevents eggs to breed.
  • Wear full sleeves cloth as it will refrain mosquito from biting you.
  • Try mosquito repellent like spray and coil to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Article originally published on Aug 30, 2015 at 11:04 a.m.
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