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Dengue Outbreak In India: With Over 1,000 Cases Reported In 3 Weeks, Country Battles Worst Dengue Surge
Dengue outbreak In India

India faces its worst dengue surge with over 1,000 cases reported in three weeks. Learn about the outbreak, symptoms, and crucial prevention measures to stay safe during this health crisis.



Written by Ankit Kumar |Published : July 2, 2024 2:01 PM IST

Dengue Outbreak: India is currently facing a significant outbreak of Dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that tends to surge with the arrival of monsoon and the rainy season with high humidity. As per the reports, there has been a rise in the number of dengue cases in the Karnataka capital, a major flipside of the rains and the waterlogging caused by it. As compared to last year, the number of cases has gone up significantly within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in the past three weeks. “There have been more than one thousand cases reported from the state in the last three weeks,” an official was quoted as saying.

Degue Scare In India: Rains Bring Fresh Health Challenges, Understanding How To Tackle Dengue Outbreak

Dengue is spread by the Aedes mosquitoes, mainly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These mosquitoes thrive in tropical and subtropical areas, making places like Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific, and the Americas prone to Dengue outbreaks. The virus that causes Dengue belongs to the Flaviviridae family and has four types: DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4.

Causes and Symptoms

The main cause of dengue is the four types of virus, which spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The duration of this disease is between 8-10 days. Here are some of the common symptoms of dengue that one must notice and act accordingly:

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  • High Fever: A sudden onset of a high fever.
  • Headache: Intense headaches, often severe.
  • Body Aches and Rash: Muscle and joint pains accompanied by a rash.
  • Nausea: Feeling nauseous or experiencing vomiting.

Symptoms usually appear 4-10 days after a mosquito bite. Severe cases can develop into Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) or Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), with symptoms like severe bleeding, organ issues, and low blood pressure.

In severe cases, dengue can lead to more serious health issues such as:

  • Belly Pain: Persistent pain in the abdomen.
  • Vomiting: Severe and frequent vomiting.
  • Bleeding: Bleeding from the nose or gums.
  • Extreme Fatigue: Unusual tiredness and weakness.

Mosquito Breeding Conditions

The dengue virus gets spread by mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water. The monsoon season is when the dengue virus gets the ideal condition for its spread and breeding. Areas with stagnant water are more prone to become the hotspots of mosquito activity.

How To Prevent Dengue From Spreading?

To fight the spread of the dengue virus is crucial to take preventive measures such as:

  1. Eliminate Stagnant Water: Eliminating stagnant water regularly from your home or surroundings can contain the spread and breeding of mosquitoes and dengue fever.
  2. Use Mosquito Repellents: Apply mosquito repellents on exposed skin and use mosquito nets while sleeping to avoid bites.
  3. Maintain Clean Surroundings: Keep your environment clean and free of debris where water can accumulate. Regularly clean water tanks, coolers, and flower pots.

Dengue affects public health systems worldwide, with around 3.9 billion people at risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) states there are about 390 million infections each year, leading to serious illnesses and thousands of deaths. The economic impact is also significant, affecting healthcare costs, work productivity, and tourism.

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