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Dengue still raging in Bhutan’s Phuentsholing

PHUENTSHOLING, Bhutan (Kuensel/ANN) -- Dengue cases  have risen in weeks to 1,468 in the border town of Phuentsholing.
Dengue cases in the border town of Phuentsholing have risen in weeks to 1,468. 
Until August 20, the Phuentsholing hospital had registered 1,239 positive cases.
Measures continue to be taken to control the outbreak.

On August 24, a mass cleaning campaign was organised in Phuentsholing to eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds.

On August 24, a mass cleaning campaign was organised in the town to eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds.
Drungkhag health officer (DHO) Passang Tshering said that awareness was being created among students.
“Information about the dengue is being read out twice a week at the assembly,” he said.
Thermal fogging to kill the mosquitoes has also been increased. In addition to the two machines, four more thermal fogging machines have been procured from Samtse and Gelephu.
Passang Tshering said that house-to-house vector surveillance and awareness was conducted. “This week, we display posters with dengue information in the town and other prominent places.”
Dr Lethro of the Phuentsholing general hospital said that the situation was not improving. However, no fatality has been reported.
The number of dengue cases is expected to be higher as people continue to visit private diagnostic centres. Phuentsholing diagnostic centre’s owner, Sonam Tshewang, said people were still coming for tests.
“I think it will be difficult to control the outbreak,” he said, adding that the best way was to take precaution.
Phuentsholing hospital reported the first dengue fever case on July 5. By the end of the month, a total of 468 people were affected.
The number increased sharply this month.
It has been raining continuously making the condition ideal for mosquitoes to breed.
Phuentsholing saw about 857 dengue cases in 2016. However, there were no casualties. This year, the fever claimed two lives.
Dengue fever symptoms appear in three to 14 days after an Aedes mosquito bite. Mild to high fever, severe headache, pain behind eyes, joint pains, and rashes are some of the symptoms.

(Latest Update August 29, 2019)

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