Chet Nath Luitel’s platelet and white blood cell counts were 35,000 and 2,300, respectively, on Tuesday, according to his medical records. According to experts, these values are significantly lower than the normal range, which should be between 150,000 and 450,000 platelets and 4,000 and 11,000 white blood cells per microliter of blood, respectively.
Litel, who lives in Maitidevi, a rented apartment in Kathmandu, has been infected with dengue fever. According to him, his wife and four-year-old daughter are also sick with the virus.
We are not alone; our house owner’s son has also become ill as a result of the dengue outbreak, which has been affecting residents of the Maitidevi, Ghattekulo, and Setopul districts since two weeks, Luitel told the Post.
Although it is no longer raining, the post-monsoon season is still considered a peak transmission season for the dengue virus.
It was reported in the Post that “dengue cases have been increasing in this [Maitidevi] neighborhood for the last two weeks.” Nisha Thapamagar, a nurse at the Maitidevi-based Apollo Polyclinic, confirmed the report. According to the clinic’s director, “Every day, approximately 30 people come in for dengue testing, with 80 percent of the tests coming back positive.”
A high number of persons in the Maitidevi area are believed to have contracted dengue virus, and experts have warned that the illness has the potential to spread throughout the Valley and neighboring districts as well.
According to Dr. Sher Bahadur Pun, chief of the Clinical Research Unit at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, multiple cases of dengue illness are brought in to the hospital on a daily basis. “Due to the fact that our facility has been treating Covid-19 patients, Dengue patients may have sought treatment at other facilities.”
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread by the female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which are found in the tropics. The same vector is also responsible for the transmission of the chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika viruses.
As a result of dengue epidemics in 68 districts throughout Nepal in 2019, at least six people died and more than 16,000 were hospitalized.
According to officials at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, however, there has been no evidence of a dengue outbreak in the capital.
“We do not have any information of a dengue outbreak in Kathmandu,” said Uttam Koirala, an official with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Public Health and Population. People infected with dengue virus may have sought treatment at private clinics and nursing homes, and we do not have any information on where they went for treatment.
Cases of dengue fever have been reported in a number of areas, including the Kathmandu Valley, in the past few months.
The symptoms of dengue include mild to high fever, severe muscle pain, rashes, severe headache, and discomfort in the eyes. According to physicians, treatment should be sought promptly if any of these symptoms are present. While there is no specific treatment for dengue, early detection and access to competent medical care can help to reduce the number of fatalities associated with the disease.