After reports of dengue in Uttar Pradesh, it has been reported that the cases of vector-borne illness are also increasing in Delhi. Here’s everything you need to know.

Amid the upheaval of Covid-19, dengue cases have been increasing in some states of the country. After the outbreak of the disease in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi is also witnessing an uptick in dengue cases. As per reports, dengue fever cases are on the rise in Delhi, with 124 cases registered so far this year, the highest number since 2018, when the city saw 137 cases. So far this year, no deaths have been reported. According to the data, nearly 58 per cent of the 124 cases documented this year, or 72 people, became unwell in August. In the first four days of September, no instances have been reported.

Dengue fever is spread by mosquitos belonging to the genus Aedes. Fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a rash that looks like measles are among the symptoms. Dengue strains are divided into four categories, with kinds II and IV being the most severe and requiring hospitalisation.

Also read: Malaria and dengue predicted to affect billions more people

UP Is Also Experiencing A Surge

As cases of vector-borne illnesses rise in Delhi, Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh also reported an outbreak of dengue and viral fever that has claimed more than 50 lives. In just over a fortnight, Firozabad district has seen 51 deaths, largely among youngsters, and hundreds of hospitalizations, and the viral fever has already moved to Mathura and Mainpuri districts. The majority of cases of dengue fever, with a few cases of scrub typhus and leptospirosis, were discovered by a central team sent to Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, to investigate the source of a fever outbreak and mortality among youngsters.

Be Alert And Visit A Doctor As Soon As You Experience Symptoms

Reportedly, 1.88 lakh dengue cases were registered in 2017 the highest in five years. However, the number dropped to 39,429 in 2020 but this number could increase if proper precautions are not taken. Knowing the symptoms can help a person get proper treatment in time and get better. While mild symptoms of dengue can be managed at home, severe symptoms are a cause of a medical emergency.

Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of severe dengue fever. The warning signals normally appear 24 48 hours after your fever has subsided. If you or a family member exhibits any of the symptoms listed below, go to a local clinic or emergency department right once. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the severe signs you should look out for:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Vomiting (at least 3 times in 24 hours)
  • Blood in vomit or the stool
  • Bleeding from the nose or gums
  • Exhausted, restless, or irritable

Some Tips To Safeguard Yourself Against Vector-borne Illnesses

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting long-sleeved tops and pants
  • Use scented cosmetics and skincare products sparingly
  • Avoid resting in environments that are humid and dark
  • When going out during peak season, make sure you wear shoes that cover your entire foot
  • Avoid using skincare products or cosmetics that contain fragrance

Also read: UNC study provides important information for developing a viable vaccine against dengue

This post first appeared on The Health Site

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