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Dengue Looms Large in Nepal as Monsoon Approaches

June 17, 2024
Dengue Looms Large in Nepal

Nepal faces a potential surge in dengue cases with the monsoon season approaching, despite avoiding a major outbreak so far in 2024.

The virus has already been detected in 71 districts across the country, raising concerns as stagnant water from monsoon rains creates ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Experts warn that a lack of effective mosquito control measures, particularly targeting mosquito larvae, could exacerbate the situation.

Dengue is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which are active during the day. This increases the risk of bites in workplaces and schools, areas where awareness campaigns and inspections are crucial.

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There are also reports of a potentially more aggressive strain of dengue circulating, with some patients experiencing severe pain and requiring hospitalization.

Local authorities are urged to launch comprehensive campaigns to destroy mosquito larvae before they mature. This can be achieved through targeted spraying and community efforts to eliminate stagnant water sources.

Raising awareness about mosquito breeding grounds and encouraging inspections within workplaces and schools is also critical to prevent the spread of the virus.

Individuals and communities can play a vital role in preventing a dengue outbreak. Simple steps such as searching for and eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites around homes and workplaces can significantly reduce the risk of infection.

By taking immediate action and prioritizing mosquito control measures, Nepal can mitigate the threat of a widespread dengue outbreak.

Yashoda Upreti

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

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