Risk of Dengue Fever Still in Nepal

According to health experts, the risk of dengue fever in Nepal is expected to persist until the Dasain-Tihar period, with the current outbreak continuing until the end of October. Sunsari district in the Koshi province has reported the highest number of dengue infections, with 7,089 cases, followed by 1,591 in Morang, 1,222 in Dhading, 896 in Jhapa, and varying numbers in other districts. The Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control Division has confirmed these infections.

In comparison to last year, there has been a significant increase in dengue infections, with 12,796 cases reported by the end of August this year, up from 3,708 in August last year. In 2022, a total of 54,784 people were infected, and 88 deaths were reported.

Dengue was first detected in Nepal in 2004 in Chitwan, and it has remained a recurring problem since then. Over the years, the number of cases has increased substantially, with 2019 reporting 17,992 infections, 530 cases in 2020, 540 cases in 2021, and 54,784 cases in 2022.

In the previous year, 55% of dengue cases were concentrated in the Kathmandu valley, with 25.77% in Kathmandu district. However, this time, infections in the valley have been sporadic, accounting for 3.55% of the total infections, with Kathmandu alone reporting 2.05%. Kathmandu has seen 425 infections this year, Lalitpur 174, and Bhaktapur 134.

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