Uttar Pradesh suffers worst dengue outbreak in years

Several states in the country are grappling with an outbreak of dengue fever. However, Uttar Pradesh is the worst-affected state from dengue. The major outbreak in the state has mostly killed children. On Wednesday, the northern state’s Prayagraj district reported 97 cases of dengue, so far. Out of these 97 cases, around nine dengue patients were admitted to hospitals at present.

The surge in dengue cases is majorly seen among children in Uttar Pradesh. In Firozabad, 60 children have died due to dengue, and 465 children are still admitted to the child ward of the medical college in the district. In Ghaziabad, there are 21 active cases of dengue, out of which one patient is admitted to the district hospital & the rest are in private hospitals. Firozabad is one of the most affected districts of Uttar Pradesh. For the past two months, nearly 578 cases of dengue have been reported in the district. Several other districts in the state also reported a surge in dengue cases. On average, 5 cases are detected daily. No patient is in serious condition. Since the start of September, authorities of Firozabad have launched a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding grounds. They have formed teams to check households for waterlogging and fumigate areas at risk. They have further released thousands of Gambusia, or mosquitofish, into water bodies to eat the mosquito larvae. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that spreads widely in the monsoon season. Its symptoms include high fever, headache, rash, muscle and joint pain