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Dengue Cases Rising in Nepal

June 20, 2024
Dengue Cases Rising in Nepal

Dengue fever is on the rise in Nepal, with over 1,175 cases confirmed so far in 2024. This is according to data from the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) collected between December 2023 and June 2024.

The disease has spread to 72 districts across the country, with Kathmandu Valley being the worst affected. Other highly impacted areas include Jhapa, Chitwan, Makwanpur, and Tanahun.

Experts warn that the peak season for dengue transmission is yet to come, typically falling between August and October. This raises concerns as the number of cases is already higher compared to last year at this time.

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What’s causing the increase?

Public health experts attribute the rise in dengue cases to several factors, including:

  • Increasing temperatures
  • Growing population density
  • Unplanned urbanization
  • Climate change
  • Dengue virus’s ability to survive in cooler temperatures

How is dengue spread?

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease transmitted by female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. These mosquitoes breed in clean, stagnant water and can survive for weeks.

What can be done?

The most effective way to control dengue is through “search and destroy” campaigns to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. However, public awareness and individual responsibility are crucial.

Here’s how you can stay safe:

  • Dispose of any stagnant water around your home
  • Use mosquito nets and repellents
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing during the day
  • Be alert for symptoms like fever, headache, rash, and muscle pain
  • Seek medical attention if you experience any dengue symptoms

Yashoda Upreti

Yashoda Upreti is a Travel, Lifestyle and Health Tips writer here at The Ditible.

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