Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Dengue is serious:
Dengue is one of the biggest viral killers in the world with the global burden being 50 million per year . In India it is second only to malaria as a health problem .There is a 30 fold increase in its incidence over the last two decades. The first reported case of Dengue in India was from Madras in 1780.
Dengue epidemics have become a natural phenomenon in India starting with the first epidemic in 1996 prior to which there were isolated infections only. The increasing population density in urban and semi urban areas contributing to the worsening scenario.
The deadly mosquito bite has no cure:
Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito which bites during the day and thrives on stagnant water. At present there is no effective antiviral therapy source control available. Hence the the mainstay of control has been largely ineffective.
There is no vaccination available for the same and the only way is precaution and prevention against the same. Clinical trials are on their ay and an early breakthrough is expected.
Prevention is better than cure:
The following are the precautionary steps recommended: