Kathmandu: As rainfall continues, Nepal has witnessed a massive surge in dengue cases, with 739 cases recorded in just five days. As of July 17, the Ministry of Health and Population has detected the mosquito-borne disease in 2,130 people.
The sharp increase in dengue cases was observed after July 12, with the eastern part of Nepal being the most affected region. On July 12, the total number of cases across Nepal stood at 1,337.
According to the ministry, Koshi is the most affected province, reporting 1,746 patients, followed by Bagmati with 468 patients. Likewise, Sudurpaschim has reported 279 cases, Gandaki 269 cases, Lumbini province 134 cases, Karnali 18 cases, and Madesh 16 cases.
The data shows that 82 percent of patients are from 10 districts in Nepal. Among them, the highest number of cases has been recorded in Sunsari district with 1,571 patients, followed by Dhading with 256 cases, Darchula with 188 cases, Kaski with 149 cases, Sankhuwasabha with 58 cases, Kathmandu with 46 cases, Kanchanpur and Bhaktapur with 35 cases each, Myagdi with 35 cases, and Jhapa with 3 cases.
In response to the rising cases, the health ministry has urged people to take preventive measures. The ministry has advised people to cover the body with long-sleeved clothing, placing nets on windows and doors of houses, using mosquito repellent smoke when possible, properly managing pets, and ensuring clean water sources.