Dengue fever hit Mombasa

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The decease  is mainly transmitted  a female mosquitoes species Aedes aegypti./FILE

BY CORRESPONDENT/JOHN WERU,7TH MAY 2017- Mombasa has been hit by dengue fever with the latest stastics indicating that more than 150 people have been infected .Acting  Mombasa county health executive Binti Omara has confirmed.As at Sunday 7th may 2017 efforts were underway  from both public and private hospitals  health experts disusing how to  contain further spread of the fever.

According to Ms Omar, 119 cases have been reported in private hospitals while 34 have been recorded in public health facilities in the county.

She said surveillance has been intensified in all areas.

An internal memo from the county health department shows the outbreak has been reported in Kisauni, Jomvu, Changamwe, Nyali, Mvita and Likoni sub-counties.

Kisauni  however has the highest number of cases at 37, Mvita (25), the larger Changamwe which covers upto Jomvu (21) and 21 cases in Likoni.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spreads and is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti.

According to World Health organization (WHO), the mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika infection.

Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature and unplanned rapid urbanisation.

Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and deaths among children. There is no specific treatment for dengue/severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates to below one per cent.

Common signs to look at includes:

Fever that lasts for two to seven days, headache, muscle and joints pain, a red rash that starts on the chest, back or stomach-ache spreading to the limbs and face, pain behind the eyes, vomiting and diarrhoea.

County Malaria Control Coordinator Fatuma Dume said the onset of rains which have hit the county has also led to an upsurge in cases of malaria.

She urged residents to sleep under treated mosquito nets and avoid self-medication whenever they fall ill.

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