Saturday, 16 September 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN
65 new cases take tally of active cases up to 395
The State Health department reported 65 new cases of dengue from different parts of the State on Friday. The cumulative number of dengue cases in the State has increased to 1,447.
A total of 1,038 patients have recovered from the disease so far while the number of active patients is 395 in the State. The authorities reported 20 new cases from Nainital, 14 from Dehradun, 12 from Haridwar, eight from Pauri, five from Chamoli, three from Udham Singh Nagar, two from Bageshwar and one from Rudraprayag on Friday. The department has so far reported the death of 14 patients from the disease with Dehradun district alone reporting 13 deaths. The district health authorities of Dehradun inform that deaths of three patients each have occurred in Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital and Mahant Indiresh hospital while two patients have died each in Synergy and Kailash hospital so far.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by the aedes mosquito. The symptoms of the disease are persistent high fever, rashes, headache and pain in the joints. In the acute cases the platelet number decreases drastically which may prove fatal for the patient.
Doctors suggest that in order to prevent dengue one must not allow water to collect in and near houses, regularly decant fridges, coolers, pots or cans, spread kerosene or any other oil on the small water bodies to destroy the larvae of the aedes mosquito and inform the district authorities for fogging to kill mosquitoes. Further, since aedes strikes during day time and flies near ground level people should wear full sleeved clothes at work places. One should seek medical advice when someone develops fever.