With monsoon, dengue has started knocking at the doors of Madhya Pradesh. Alarmed by a spurt in dengue cases, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of Bhopal Veena Sinha declared a dengue alert in Bhopal on Wednesday.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains and a characteristic skin rash.
Over 20 cases of dengue detected in Bhopal this year
More than 20 cases of dengue have been detected in the state capital this year.
Arera colony, Saket Nagar, Kolar, and Nehru Nagar have been declared as the most sensitive areas.
Last year, 300 people in Bhopal were affected with the infection.
Special OPD set up to detect patients with symptoms of dengue
Sinha said the district health officials in Bhopal had been alerted and a special Out Patient Department (OPD) to detect and track patients with symptoms of dengue had been set up.
The CMHO has also appealed to schools and the district education department to ask children to wear fully covered clothes to avoid mosquito bites.
The health department has started conducting training sessions for the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) staffers involved in vector-disease control.
“Health workers hardly spray pesticides to kill dengue larvae from where they receive complaints of dengue patients but it is very important for them to stay updated on the status of dengue patients every day. Monitoring of dengue should be strict in order to control dengue,” a source from the health department told HT.
DENGUE CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING
The fever has three stages: dengue fever, hemorrhagic dengue fever and dengue shock syndrome. In some cases, the disease develops into a life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.
Headache and itching in eyes
Joint or muscle aches
General ill feeling and weakness
Rashes on the body
Fully covered clothes