NIZAMABAD: Dengue fever is on the rise in Nizamabad district. In the last few days, there is an increase in the number of patients approaching private and government hospitals for treatment. A few amongst them who are critically ill have been shifted to Hyderabad for better treatment. All age groups of people have been affected with dengue fever in Nizamabad, Bodhan, Armoor towns and other villages.
The continuous rains resulting in stagnating waters perfect for the breeding of the Aedes mosquito, is the primary cause for the spread of the dengue fever. Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease caused by four different virus types and spread by the Aedes mosquito.
A single mosquito bite can lead to dengue fever. In view of this, protection from mosquito bites, specially during daytime when the Aedes mosquito stings, is important for people. Cleaning of houses and premises is also essential to protect oneself from mosquitoes.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) Nizamabad district unit president Dr Kavitha Reddy said that dengue cases were being regularly reported in recent times in the district. All age groups of people were victims of dengue fever, she said. “If platelet counts reaches 30,000, the patient is referred to Hyderabad, otherwise treatment is available in Nizamabad.” Stable platelet count is crucial in diagnosis of dengue fever cases, she added.
Meanwhile, officials are collecting information of viral fever as well as dengue fever cases across the district. If they notice confirmed dengue cases particularly in residential areas, an intensive programme is started to eradicate the presence of the breeding grounds for the mosquito.
Noted physician Dr Bharath Pawar said that college students were largely affected with viral and dengue fevers. Nizamabad native students, who stayed in hostels in Hyderabad complained of fevers in the rainy season.
There was no need to panic about dengue fever though and suspected cases were immediately referred to private nursing homes or corporate hospitals in Hyderabad, he said. Not only dengue, typhoid and viral fevers were also on the rise, he said.