6 suspected dengue cases in Gurgaon, samples being tested
Health department officials said samples were collected from people residing in Sector 52, Pataudi, and Hira Nagar. A large number of areas across the city are waterlogged and that could lead to the breeding of Aedes mosquito, the carrier of dengue virus.gurgaon Updated: Jun 21, 2017 22:55 IST
The health department officials said six samples are being tested at the Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, for dengue after the patients were diagnosed with symptoms such as high fever, appetite loss, rash, headache and nausea.
Although officials have maintained that no dengue case has confirmed this season so far, there has been a spurt in suspected cases over the last few weeks.
Health department officials said samples were collected from people residing in Sector 52, Pataudi, and Hira Nagar. They said owing to pre-monsoon showers, a large number of areas across the city were waterlogged and that could lead to the breeding of Aedes mosquito, the carrier of dengue virus.
“We will continue to monitor areas with suspected cases and enforce preventive and curative measures such as breeding gambusia fish that feed on dengue larvae.” Kanta Goel, principal medical officer, said.
Officials also reiterated that they will continue to monitor areas with suspected cases and enforce preventive and curative measures such as breeding gambusia fish that feed on dengue larvae.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has formed teams and procured fogging machines to carry out fumigation drives. Health department officials maintained that they wouldn’t exercise the option until an outbreak is confirmed as fumigation has several neurological and respiratory effects on humans.
City doctors, meanwhile, advised people to take precautions and avoid self-medication.
“While there are no vaccines for dengue as yet, it can be prevented by improving hygiene curbing mosquito breeding. If symptoms persist, it is advised that people seek medical advice immediately and ensure that they keep themselves hydrated,” Dr Amitabh Parti, additional director, internal medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, said.
Parthi added that symptomatic relief can be sought using NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as paracetamol and advised against consuming aspirin or ibuprofen as they increase the risk of bleeding.
In the last 10 years, the highest number of dengue cases in Gurgaon was registered in 2008 — 631 confirmed cases. Last year, the city registered over 400 cases, while in 2015, the district health department registered 459 dengue cases.