Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 21
With 120 dengue cases being reported in the last seven days, the total count of cases during the current season has increased to 371.
The Health Department has not reported any death due to the disease till date.
Apart from patients reported by the district Health Department, many patients were getting treatment for the illness with symptoms similar to dengue from private hospitals. As these are not specifically tested for dengue, they are not officially counted as dengue cases.
While abundant showers for the last three days and a brief spell on early Tuesday morning has resulted in water-logging in low-lying areas, it has further increased the chances of mosquito breeding.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation has already started intensive fogging in all wards of the city. Apart from this, the Health Department, too, has a mandate to conduct fogging in the locality of a person, who has tested positive for dengue.
The health officials said people must take ample precautions to avoid mosquito bites especially during the day. They said people should get tested if they develop any symptoms associated with the disease.
The officials said in case of a positive report, there is no need to panic and disease can be managed at home under the guidance of a physician. The patient needs to be hospitalised if the platelet count goes too low or he develops any other complication.
“Increasing fluid intake along with fruits or juices having Vitamin C along with proper bed rest will result in recovery in five to seven days. There are no specific medicines for the disease and it is managed symptomatically,” a doctor said.
Symptoms: The symptoms of the disease include high grade fever above 102°F, headache, pain in the eyes, general body aches, vomiting, skin rashes which must be monitored for 7 to 10 days by medical experts
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