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Dengue rattles Western Nepal, claims life in Doti, infects 59 in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: A woman from Far-west district of Doti died of dengue after being hospitalized in Maya Metro Hospital, Dhangadhi.
It is the first time that a person died of dengue in the district. Dengue, which is common in the warmer Terai region, is caused by the bite of Aedes Ageypti mosquito.
Chatra Malaski, 42, of Thaplaki, Ward No.6 of Dipayal Silagadi Municipality died of the vector-borne disease spread by mosquito.
According to the deceased’s brother-in-law Narad Malaski, Chhatra Malaski died while undergoing treatment at the hospital.
He said, “When she continued to have headache and fever, she was brought to Dhangadhi for further treatment. We were shocked when the doctor said it was dengue. We thought it was viral fever because everyone had it.”
Chatra Milaski had never been out of Doti.
Her relatives were in fear after they came to know that Chhatra died of dengue.
Dr. Bhusan Mishra of Doti District Hospital said he could not believe that she died of dengue. He said, “There is no record of dengue case in the District Hospital till now, we have asked for a test kit now. The appearance of dengue even in the hill is a matter of serious concern.” Migration and change in climate pattern have also been attributed for the growing cases of dengue.
Meanwhile, more cases of dengue have been traced in other mid-hill districts like Panchthar and Kathmandu.
According to our Panchthar Correspondent Narayan Tumbapo, dengue patients were found at Pathibhara and Samarpit hospitals in Phidim and District Hospital Panchthar.
The number of dengue patients has reached 56 in the district as five more were added on Friday.
Information Officer at the District Health Office, Phidim, Umesh Meheta said that the number of dengue infected people was likely to increase. The disease is generally found in hot Terai region but in recent years, it has been spreading across the hill districts as well.
Meheta said that earlier it was believed that the people who returned from the Terai would have dengue infection, and its spread in the hills had scared the people in the eastern hills. It is believed that the Aedes mosquito that causes dengue has reached there.
The DHO has informed the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Kathmandu about the recent developments and intensified the awareness campaign against dengue.
Similarly, 59 dengue infected people were found in Kathmandu district. According to our Makwanpur Correspondent, dengue has spread across five districts of State 3.
About 523 people are infected with dengue in the State with 287 in Makwanpur, 177 in Chitwan and 59 in Kathmandu districts.
Dengue is seen in Chitwan for the fourth time including this year.
Social Development Minister of Province 3 Yubaraj Dulal said that the government had decided to run awareness campaign against the disease.

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