Rajbiraj, June 27
Following two initial cases reported about a week ago, one more dengue case was detected in Saptari district yesterday.
The recent patient has been identified as Anita Rajdhami, 26, of Saptakoshi Municipality. After falling ill with fever, Rajdhami had visited Kanchanpur Primary Health Centre, where she was diagnosed with dengue fever.
Saptakoshi Municipality Health Section Chief Dambar Gupta confirmed the recent finding of dengue case.
Though it is yet to be confirmed how Rajdhami contracted the malady, it is suspected that she contracted the disease in Dharan, where her sister lives. It was in Dharan that dengue fever was first reported this year.
Earlier, Ramkanta Chaudhary and his brother Devkanta Chaudhary of Kanchanrup Municipality were first detected with the disease in the district on July 18. The duo is undergoing treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. Both of them work in a grill workshop in Dharan and are suspected to have contracted the disease there.
Meanwhile, with the diagnosis of dengue cases, the municipalities concerned have gone on high alert and have asked locals to keep surroundings clean and fill up puddles to prevent mosquito from breeding and spreading the disease.
The number of dengue cases across the country had reached 801 as of June 18, according to data maintained by Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. The cases were reported from Dharan, Sunsari, Morang and Itahari, of which 662 cases were verified by BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.
A version of this article appears in print on June 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.