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Chitwan reports 213 dengue, 268 scrub typhus cases in a year

2022 Jul 19, 13:14, Chitwan

The district reported 213 cases of dengue last fiscal year. Of the total 3,564 tests, this number of people tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

 According to Health Office Chitwan's public health officer Gitanjali Dhakal, the figure is less than the previous fiscal year which recorded 247 cases out of 1,986 tests.

Dengue, a viral infection, is caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes and the female mosquito Aedes aegypti is its primary vector. Fever, reddish eyes, eye pain, headache, stomach pain, joints and muscle pain and laziness are primary symptoms of dengue fever. Dengue is sometimes fatal.

Dengue fever lasts for five to seven days. It can cause a drop in the counts of white blood cells and platelets, leading to immunity loss.

Likewise, there were 268 cases of scrub typhus, out of 3,286 tests, in the district last year. Scrub typhus is a bacterial disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mite. It is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi.

High fever, reddish eyes, cough, vomiting and diarrhoea, stomach pain, breathing difficulty, headache, joints and muscle pain, skin rashes and a dark mark at the site of the bite are among the symptoms of scrub typhus. 


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