Dengue under control, second time infection could be serious

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Imphal: The issue of dengue in Manipur is under control, however, people should be cautious that it could be a serious health issue if it infects a person for the second time.

State Malaria officer Dr Rahman Christi said this during a press conference held at board room of state directorate of health services, Lamphel on Thursday.

He said 35 dengue cases had already been reported in seven districts of the state. Among the total dengue cases 22 had been reported from in and around the areas of hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong, Imphal East.

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There is possibility of dengue from tourists and research is is being conducted to find out the reality, he added.

To control the vector mosquitos three days fogging has been started in the surrounding areas. To kill the larvae mosquito spraying is also continuing in the surroundings, he said.

Dengue does not have a definite treatment but have to control the symptoms with medication. The symptoms of dengue infected persons may include vomiting, joint pain, however, non-fatal. In order to prevent the infection people should be cautious against mosquito bite, Rahman said.

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He appealed to the people to take precautionary measures from mosquito bite by using mosquito repellent and to avoid camping or trekking and to use medicated mosquito nets.

The type of mosquito Aedes Aegypti that can spread dengue can fly to a maximum of 40-50 feet in normal environment. It travel farther if there is windy environment, he said.

Awareness drive using loud speakers will be conducted in the surroundings of Chingmeirong area, Khurai and Thangmeiband, he added.

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