Kanchanpur at high risk of dengue outbreak; shortage of testing kits

Published On: August 31, 2022 01:26 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KANCHANPUR, August 31: Kanchanpur district has witnessed an increasing risk of dengue virus outbreak. According to the District Health Office, high risk is looming large in the district with the detection of mosquitoes' larva that can transmit the dengue virus. 

As shared, four out of 20 people tested were diagnosed with dengue in Dodhara Chandani Municipality last week. 

Chief of the municipality’s health section, Jaya Bahadur Mahara said that four India returnees were diagnosed with dengue. "Three men and a woman were diagnosed with dengue," he said, adding, "The dengue-infected men had returned from India while the father and brother of the infected woman were also India returnees." 

Dodhara Chandani is the territory of Nepal sharing an open border with India. Chances of dengue transmission are high here due to frequent mobility of the people across the border. 

Dengue is transmitted through the bites of Aedes Aegypti and Aedes albopictus species of mosquitoes. 

Despite the rise in the cases, the health facilities here are facing a shortage of testing kits, sources said. 

Medical Superintendent of Mahakali Province Hospital, Dr Arjun Bhatta said the number of patients of malaria and dengue has increased in the hospital of late. "There is an immoderate rise of patients with viral fever in the hospital," he shared.


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