The Ministry of Health's Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control issued an alert in the districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
Kathmandu: On Sunday, Nepal ordered authorities to be prepared for a possible outbreak of dengue, after studies have detected the presence of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
The Ministry of Health's Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control issued an alert in the districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The move came after studies found the presence of mosquitoes carrying dengue in significant numbers.
Last year, at least 18 people in the Banasthali-Sano Bharyang area in western Kathmandu were infected with the dengue virus. "We alerted all local units in the Valley through the provincial government and the district public health departments about the possible outbreak (of the dengue virus)," Ghanashyam Pokhrel, senior division public health administrator, told reporters.
Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes that is transmitted by female mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The same vector also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika virus, according to the World Health Organization.
"We already have the dengue vector present in our locality and the environment for it to survive. And we already have dengue patients in the capital," Pokhrel said. "We have allocated a budget for awareness programs against possible dengue infection. The provincial government has also allocated a budget for dengue prevention," said Geeta Satyal, deputy mayor of the metropolitan city of Lalitpur.
Public health inspector Indira Pandey from the provincial health office in Kathmandu said the budget was allocated to local units to conduct awareness campaigns and search and destroy campaigns against mosquitoes transmitting dengue. According to doctors, mild to severe fever, intense muscle pain, rashes, intense headache and eye pain are some of the symptoms of dengue.