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Monday, August 30, 2010

Nepal : Dengue, Leptospirosis detected in various parts of the country

Via Nepal News :

" Cases of dengue fever and Leptospirosis have been detected in various parts of the country including Kathmandu, Chitwan, Dhangadi, Nepalgunj, Kanchanpur, Bhairahawa, Tanahu and Dhading in the recent days, Kantipur daily reported.

The disease is spread from a kind of mosquito that breeds in fresh water. Tests have shown the two diseases are spreading fast in Chitwan.

Out of 72 samples of patients suffering from viral fever sent from Chitwan for special tests at the central laboratory in Kathmandu, ten samples tested positive for Leptospirosis, three for Dengue and one for both.

"Of the samples we found Leptosporis in ten, dengue in three and both in one," said Dr Geeta Shakya, director of the central laboratory. "There is a need to investigate further on these diseases."

Dr Basuedev Pande, a specialist doctor at Shahid Shukraraj Tropical and Contagious Diseases Hospital in Teku, warned of an epidemic if preventive measures are not taken soon.

"The cases of dengue has been found in many places of the country," said Dr Pande. "It will invite an epidemic if it is not controlled on time."

Dr Pande claimed two persons from Kathmandu were undergoing treatment for Dengue at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and two Japanese nationals had also contracted the disease in Chitwan."

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