BAITADI, Sept 14: The number of dengue and scrub typhus patients has been rising in Baitadi district in recent periods. Scrub typhus has been diagnosed in 140 people while dengue in 13 persons since July 17 till September 13, the District Hospital, Baitadi, said.
Hemanta Khadayat, a health assistant at the hospital, said dengue and scrub typhus patients are also being found in other health facilities in the district.
The hospital has urged adopting precaution as it is possible that people who have not been examined can also carry scrub typhus and dengue infection. The hospital's information officer Harish Panta said that they have been detecting dengue and scrub typhus infection among the patients coming to the hospital on a daily basis of late. This shows that there is a risk of these diseases spreading.
Meanwhile, the District Health Office has launched a public awareness and sanitation program in view of the increasing number of dengue and scrub typhus cases in the district.