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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Dengue case reported in Kathmandu

Posted by Anup Baral September 24, 2016 : A-53-year-old woman from Lele VDC of Lalitpur district, who was admitted to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, has been tested positive for dengue virus. Doctors at the hospital said the woman admitted to the hospital for treatment of high fever tested positive for dengue. “We have sent blood samples to the National Public Health Laboratory for further confirmation,” Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, a virologist at STIDH, said. He informed that four other patients admitted to the hospital some three weeks ago, had also been tested positive for the disease. He, however, said that he was not aware about the origin of those patients.
According to Dr Pun, the woman was suffering from high fever and complained of severe headache, joint and muscle pain and vomiting at the time she was brought to the hospital. “All her symptoms matched with those of dengue patients,” he said, adding that the infection was confirmed after laboratory examination. “I think this is the first dengue case detected in Kathmandu Valley this year,” Dr Pun claimed. He informed that the patient had returned home after medication. Last year too, over a dozen people in Kathmandu Valley were infected with the dengue virus. Health workers have warned of a dengue epidemic as several studies carried out by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Department of Health Services in the past has found significant numbers of Aedes-aegypti and Aedes-albopicitus mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya in Kathmandu Valley. Mild to high fever, severe headache, pain in the eyes, muscles and and rashes are some of the symptoms of the disease.

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