Dengue on rise due to soggy weatherSadia Afrin
Around 451 dengue patients were identified in last three months in the capital, said a report of the Institute of Epidemiological Disease Control and Research.
The IEDCR report said that the number of dengue patients in June was 44, about 144 in July and 263 in August.
It said that the highest number of dengue incidence was reported from the capital until now.
IEDCR director Mahmudur Rahman told New Age that most of the dengue patients were from Dhaka.
He said that 50 per cent of the patients from Chittagong and Khulna divisions examined by IEDCR had dengue virus infection.
IEDCR has offices in Khulna and Chittagong, he said.
Only one patient died of dengue this year until now, he said.
Rahman said that proper diagnosis and treatment and public awareness could reduce the mortality rate.
IEDCR alerted the city corporations in Dhaka to launch drives for the removal of stagnant clean water wherever they may be.
It called for involving the personnel of the two city corporations to launch the drive in each of their 10 zones and also to motivate the communities to remove clean stagnant rain water around the houses every week.
Rahman said that the number of patients could be higher as the soggy weather still continued.
But the incidence of dengue this year was higher compared to 2012, and lower compared to 2011, he added.
Health experts said rainwater trapped in potholes or containers left in yards and places around houses were providing the breeding ground for aedes mosquito, the carrier of dengue virus.
Houses and yards should be kept clean and dry and abandoned pots, containers, old tyres and coconut shells that could trap rainwater should be removed, they said.
Generally, aedes mosquito bites in the daytime, but they also often bite at night, Rahman said.
Surveys conducted in April, May and June showed that the incidence of dengue was lower before the soggy weather began, said Benazir Ahmed, health service director for diseases control.
But the number of dengue patients rose in July and August, he added.
He said that it took about 10 days for aedes mosquitoes to breed.
Ahmed advised city residents to clean their houses and the surrounding areas s at least once a week every monsoon to check aedes breeding and incidence of dengue.
He said that campaigns were launched in all the 10 zones of the capital city by the staff of the two city corporations and the representatives from urban NGOs to motivate the communities to remove stagnant rain water from around the houses at least once every week.
Experts advised patients having fever for more than three days with pale pink skin rashes to visit doctors.
‘No antibiotic is required to treat dengue patients. But temperature should be kept under control by taking paracetamol, plenty of fluid and sponging the body,’ Ahmed advised.
‘But painkillers could be dangerous for dengue patients,’ he said.
Last year, 641 dengue cases were reported by hospitals in Dhaka city while in 2011, some 1,350 dengue cases were reported.
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