Monsoon brings rising cases of Dengue: Follow these preventive steps

| Updated: 01 July, 2024 10:55 am IST

NEW DELHI: With the arrival of the monsoon season, relief from the sweltering heat is accompanied by an unwelcome surge in mosquito-borne diseases, particularly dengue. The same has happened in various parts of the country, where dengue cases have notably increased. Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra are the most affected states.

Karnataka has reported 5,374 cases and five deaths due to dengue, including one in Bangalore; Telangana has seen 882 cases, while Andhra Pradesh has reported both dengue and malaria cases. Odisha has recorded 288 cases, and Ernakulam in Kerala has reported 400 cases.

Dengue, a vector-borne disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, thrives in warm and humid environments and is endemic in over 100 countries. In India, it is a widely spread disease. Every year, thousands of people die in India because of dengue.

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Early symptoms of dengue include high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, and rash. Persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, mucosal bleeding, and signs of circulatory failure may indicate a more severe case of dengue.

Preventive Measures:

Preventative measures are essential in combating dengue. Here are some ways to tackle the problem:

Maintaining a clean environment: Ensure no garbage accumulates near your house and proper drainage is maintained.

Water accumulation: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Please make sure no water is accumulated in pits outside or inside your house, and regularly clean air-coolers, chambers, plant pots, refrigerator trays, or other suspected places.

Mosquito nets: These are highly effective. Use mosquito nets on doors, windows, and beds while sleeping.

Mosquito repellent: Use mosquito repellents, which come in various forms like liquids, electric devices, mosquito rackets, coils, and others.

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