Nagaland: Dengue cases on the rise in state

DIMAPUR: Weeks after cases of dengue was resolved in Mizoram, five more positive cases of dengue were confirmed at the Sentinel Surveillance Site Lab, District Hospital Dimapur on Monday. The five samples were found positive from a batch of 16 samples, which were brought in to the site lab, informed Dr Moa, District Programme Officer, NVBDCP, Dimapur.

This takes the number of positive dengue cases reported from the Sentinel Surveillance Site Lab, Dimapur to eight (8) including three positive cases reported last week.

Meanwhile, with reports of dengue cases being reported positive in private hospitals and clinics under Dimapur district, Chief Medical Officer, Dr K Vikato Kinimi, has notified the private medical institutions to send the samples tested positive with the Rapid Card Test to the Sentinel Surveillance Site Lab, District Hospital, Dimapur with the ELISA Test, to confirm the case.

The ELISA Test is the World Health Organization (WHO) approved confirmatory test for dengue. For sample collection, all concerned have been asked to contact- 9436007335.

The outbreak of dengue cases appear to be increasing. A doctor from Nikos Hospital, a private medical institution told this English daily on Monday evening that in the last two days, three more positive dengue cases were detected from the hospital itself.  Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.

Earlier, screening of suspected Dengue cases at the lone Lengpui Airport near Aizawl was discontinued as cases of the disease was contained.

An estimated 390-million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness.

(TNT Desk with inputs from Morung Express)

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