The number of dengue patients undergoing treatment at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku, has been increasing. Currently, 24 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
“All patients referred to the hospital had low platelets count,” said Dr Anup Bastola, consultant tropical medicine physician at STIDH. However, the doctor has advised the patients not to panic.
“There has been an increase in the number of dengue patients at the hospital. Yesterday there were 15 patients in the emergency unit alone,” added the doctor.
The temperature from 22 to 32 degree Celsius is very favourable for mosquitoes to breed. Dengue is a vector borne disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with dengue virus serotypes. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary vector of dengue in Nepal. The virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female mosquitoes.
After virus incubation for four to 10 days, an infected mosquito is capable of transmitting the virus for the rest of its life. People suffering from dengue have symptoms like high grade fever, severe headache, retro-orbital pain, pain in muscles, bone pain, rashes and back pain, among others.
There are four serotypes of dengue. Those who have suffered from one kind of serotype of dengue are unlikely to suffer from the same serotype.