Dengue fever is also known as “fracture fever” because it causes severe pain in the muscles and bones.
Dozens of deaths, possibly due to the spread of dengue fever, have been recorded since the beginning of September in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. According to local residents, this is one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in recent years. Reuters reported on Monday.
According to health authorities in Firuzabad, about 40 kilometers east of Agra, 58 people, including children, have died of dengue fever in the surrounding area. According to Reuters, that raises concerns that the worst dengue epidemic in recent years is occurring in Uttar Pradesh.
So the local authorities are taking various precautionary measures – there are 95 medical facilities in the entire area in an effort to prevent this fever from spreading further.
In addition, the most dangerous areas in terms of mosquito breeding are disinfected and thousands of small freshwater fish are used to combat them. The so-called Gambusia affinis feeds on mosquito larvae.
A local government official said, on condition of anonymity, that many children contracted dengue after their parents brought them to different healers or charlatans, who could not afford proper health care.
However, only three deaths from dengue have been officially confirmed in Uttar Pradesh so far. Reuters wrote that authorities are investigating whether there are more such cases.
In India, they recorded 56 deaths from dengue last year, the lowest level in recent years. In Uttar Pradesh alone, the disease recorded the highest number of deaths (42) in 2016 in the past six years.
Dengue fever is also known as “fracture fever” because it causes severe pain in the muscles and bones. More serious epidemics can cause overcrowding in hospitals.
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