Dengue has already affected almost 600 people, killing dozens in northern Uttar Pradesh, according to the region’s health department.
In Firozabad, it is reported that 60 children have died due to dengue, and 465 children are still admitted to the child ward of the medical college in the district, the worst-hit Firozabad district alone as the mosquito-borne virus spreads since its start in August.
Officials begin a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding grounds in stagnant water. Dinesh Kumar Premi, the chief medical officer in Firozabad, the most affected district in India’s most populous state, told Reuters news agency that 58 people, mostly children, had died in his area alone, raising fears that Uttar Pradesh is in the mid of its worst dengue outbreak in years.
“We are taking preventive measures and 95 health camps across the district have been operating in order to contain the spread of this fever,” Premi said.
Breeding grounds for the mosquitoes need to be eradicated:
There are multiple such open drainages breeding #Dengue mosquitoes #MahavirEnclave. Can
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There are multiple such open drainages breeding #Dengue mosquitoes #MahavirEnclave. Can @OfficialSdmc please take necessary action? Toll free num to register complaint not working. @ArvindKejriwal @gaur_bhavna pic.twitter.com/SoHE1Ds3Hy
— Priyanka Sahay (@priyankasahay) September 15, 2021
“My child is 5 months old, his platelet count has dropped to 17,000 from 2,00,000,” says a patient’s father in #Firozabad government hospital, who has been running from pillar to post to arrange for blood
"My child is 5 months old, his platelet count has dropped to 17,000 from 2,00,000,” says a patient’s father in #Firozabad government hospital, who has been running from pillar to post to arrange for bloodpic.twitter.com/Xz3gU1DWxC
— ABHISHEK KUMAR (@tweet_abhi1989) September 14, 2021
As elections are on, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is accused of only portraying a false, luscious happy Uttar Pradesh without mentioning about the terrible outbreak in UP.
People are deign in Uttar Pradesh while
is busy doing fake publicity.
#KhotikarokModi #UttarPradesh #Dengue
— Khotikarok Modi (@khotikarokmodi) September 14, 2021
A government official said on the condition of anonymity that many children may have died as their poor parents first took them to fake medical practitioners, or quacks, before their condition worsened.
However, the viral fever is still under the spectre of suspicion. While mosquito-borne dengue is the surmised reason for the deadly viral fever outbreak in Uttar Pradesh, it has been confirmed as the cause of death in only three cases.
But an audit is under way to determine if it is to blame for more, said Ved Vrat Singh, Uttar Pradesh’s top public health officer.
Authorities in Firozabad have established teams to check households for waterlogging, and fumigate areas at risk, while they have also released thousands of Gambusia, or mosquitofish, into water bodies to eat the mosquito larvae.
Dengue deaths nationwide fell to a multiyear low of 56 last year. Uttar Pradesh, with a population of nearly 220 million people, reported 42 dengue deaths in 2016, its highest since 2015.
Several states in the country are grappling with an outbreak of dengue fever. However, Uttar Pradesh is the worst-affected state from dengue. On Wednesday, the northern state’s Prayagraj district reported 97 cases of dengue, so far. Out of these 97 cases, around nine dengue patients were admitted to hospitals at present.
STATES IN INDIA WITNESSING DENGUE OUTBREAK PRESENTLY:
Haryana’s Chilli village in the city Hathin of Palwal district has reported several cases of high fever and two deaths. Health department teams have hastened to the village to stop the spread of the viral fever.
Dr. Vijay Kumar, Senior Medical Officer, Hathin said, “Medicines are being provided and an Out Patient Department (OPD) is being run. Spraying is being done. We have taken samples of 80 people who are having a fever. No malaria cases have been reported. 4-5 children have died due to dengue and several children are ill”.
In the national capital of India, Delhi, 158 cases have been reported, so far and 34 cases have been recorded in the first 11 days of September.
However, no deaths have been reported due to dengue in the city till now.
According to the civic report released on Monday, there are 68 cases of malaria and 40 cases of chikungunya reported till September 11 this year.
Mumbai has reported 305 cases of dengue since January 2021, including 85 in September. So far, no death due to the mosquito-borne disease has been reported this year. There were 85 dengue cases in Mumbai between September 1 and 12 this year, while 144 cases were reported last month.
Mumbai’s pest control department inspected 4,46,077 houses and detected and destroyed 4,108 mosquito-breeding spots as a preventive measure against the disease.
A total of 139 dengue cases have been recorded in the city, so far. The district administration has started holding a larva survey and also conducting fumigation to kill the larva. Additionally, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra directed officials to carry out an anti-mosquito fogging drive to contain dengue disease in the state.
What is Dengue?
Dengue is a virus spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito that breeds in stagnant water and open drains.
What are the symptoms of dengue?
The most common symptom of dengue is fever with any of the following:
Aches and pains (eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle, joint, or bone pain)
Symptoms of dengue typically last 2–7 days. Most people will recover after about a week.
Symptoms of severe dengue
Feeling tired, restless, or irritable
Vomiting at least 3 times in 24 hours.
Belly pain, tenderness
Bleeding from the nose or gums
Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
Treatment for Dengue
It is crucial to detect dengue in the first stages and at the onset of symptoms, one should not self-treat as there is no specific medicine to treat dengue. One must go to the doctor if a person experiences any of the above symptoms.
People ask if there is a vaccine for dengue
As of now in India, there’s no vaccine for dengue. However, as per the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a dengue vaccine is available in the US for children aged 9 to 16 years.
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