Dengue Alert: Over 35 Hospitalized
Silchar, November 20: The Cachar district in Assam is currently grappling with a severe outbreak of dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, leading to a state of heightened alert in the region.
As per the latest reports, the outbreak has already claimed the life of one individual, identified as 62-year-old Dilip Kumar Nath. Over 25 patients are receiving treatment at Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), and an additional 10 individuals are admitted to various private healthcare facilities across the district.
The sudden surge in cases has put a strain on the local healthcare system, prompting an urgent response from medical authorities and the government.
Symptoms and Risks of Dengue
Dengue fever is known for causing high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, or rash. In severe cases, it can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal. The disease is transmitted by female mosquitoes primarily of the species Aedes aegypti.
Prevention and Control Measures
In light of the outbreak, health officials are emphasizing the importance of preventive measures to control the spread of dengue. These include:
- Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites: Removing stagnant water sources, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, is crucial. This includes cleaning and emptying water storage containers, covering water tanks, and ensuring proper drainage around homes.
- Personal Protection: Using mosquito repellent, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and using mosquito nets, especially during the day when Aedes mosquitoes are most active, can significantly reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
- Community Awareness: Public health campaigns focusing on the symptoms of dengue and the importance of seeking prompt medical care can aid in early detection and treatment, reducing the risk of severe complications.
- Government Initiatives: Local authorities are urged to implement effective vector control measures, including fogging and spraying insecticides in high-risk areas.