A total of nine dengue patients have been found in two local levels in Jhapa district recently. Five cases were reported in Birtamode Municipality and four in Mechinagar Municipality, according to the record maintained at the Department of Health at Birtamode Municipality.

The dengue patients have already returned home from hospital after enjoying full recovery, said Manmohan Hospital’s Dr Subesh Shaurab. The Hospital has treated 10 dengue patients during 10 days, said Dr Shaurab.

Most of the patients were laborers and most of the cases were reported from areas adjoining to the Siddhartha Hotel in ward no 4, said Health Department’s focal person Tulsi Pokharel. Local authority is coordinating with the health workers and people’s representatives and locals to destroy the larva in the town area.

As many as 500 cases of dengue were reported in the district two years ago. Among them, over two dozen succumbed to it, according to the Department of Health.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection, found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries. It requires management by medical professionals.

There is no specific treatment for dengue/severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue, and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates of severe dengue to below 1%. The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades. About half of the world’s population is now at risk. There are an estimated 100-400 million infections each year.

Dengue should be suspected when a high fever (40°C/104°F) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms during the febrile phase: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, and rash.