According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), 5096 confirmed cases of dengue fever, including six related deaths, have been reported as of Tuesday, September 17, since the outbreak was first declared in May 2019.
The disease has spread to 56 of the country's 77 states. The capital Kathmandu is the most affected area with 1170 confirmed cases reported.
Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks.
Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.
Individuals in Nepal are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito netting or in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).
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