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Dengue Cases Surge in Assam During Early Monsoon Season

Correspondent Correspondent
Saturday, July 08, 2023
Karbi Anglong
Dengue Cases Surge in Assam During Early Monsoon Season
Karbi Anglong District Battles Rising Dengue Outbreak in Assam.

GUWAHATI, 8 July 2023: With the arrival of the rainy season, mosquito-borne diseases like dengue pose a growing threat in Assam. This year, dengue cases have surfaced earlier than usual, signaling a concerning trend. Karbi Anglong district continues to report the highest number of cases, prompting a swift response from a specialized team dispatched by Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to assess the situation on the ground.

As of now, Assam has recorded 320 cases of dengue this year, with over 50% of them concentrated in Diphu and its neighboring areas. Adding to the alarm is the emergence of Japanese encephalitis (JE), with two deaths already reported in Assam, along with one dengue-related fatality in Diphu. Typically, the peak season for dengue outbreaks spans from July to September, but this year, cases have already been reported in June.

Symptoms of dengue include high fever, severe headache, eye pain, nausea, swollen glands and joints, muscle pain, and body rashes. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) warns that the dengue virus is rapidly evolving in the Indian subcontinent. The primary mode of transmission is through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, which are most active during the morning hours. To combat the spread of dengue, people are advised to be vigilant during this time and eliminate stagnant water sources such as buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots, and vases where mosquitoes typically lay their eggs.

Assuring the public, health department officials stated, "There is no cause for panic. We have an ample supply of medicines and ICU beds to address the viral fever. A team from GMCH has been dispatched to Diphu, and if necessary, we will send teams to other areas as well. We remain alert and fully prepared to tackle the dengue situation.