Dengue Scare in Delhi

The monsoon season has rolled around in Delhi and though this season brings with it a lot of relief from the heat, it also brings about the perennial causes of viral fever, malaria and typhoid. Just this Monday the national capital witness heavy rainfall and a drop in temperature to 25 degrees Celcius, two notches below normal for this time.

There has also been an increase in cases of monsoon disease and there is a mixture of such diseases, report doctors. “All those who have low immunity power or asthmatic patients are more prone to these problems in this season. The symptoms of monsoon diseases are mostly common like fever, cough, cold, headache, throat infection and stomach infection. If taken precautions, one can enjoy this season. Drinking water outside should be avoided. Eating stale food or which have been kept in open for long should be avoided,” said Dr RK Singal, Principal Consultant & Director, Internal Medicine, BLK Super Specialty Hospital.

So far there have been a total of 50 cases reported with dengue, 11 in one week. Last year Delhi saw up to 15,867 dengue cases, the worst in 20 years with the disease claiming 60 lives.

Dr Navneet Kaur, senior consultant at Internal Medicine, Apollo Spectra Hospitals said “We are expecting that the cases of dengue and malaria will shoot up drastically once we have a clear weather. Post rains, the weather becomes conducive for mosquito breeding. The Aedes mosquito thrives in hot, humid and high temperature, between 20 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius.”

Some ways of preventing getting sick this monsoon season as suggested by professionals are to keep your lower limbs covered as that is the general area where dengue carrying mosquitos tend to bite. Also one may use mosquito nets when sleeping. It’s also crucial to stay hydrated, drink boiled water and eat and drink fresh.


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