Union Health Ministry organises 2-day technical symposium for Dengue control in India
Union Health Ministry on 22 March organised a two-day technical symposium to develop a strategic framework and roadmap for Dengue control in India.
An overview of the news
The objective of this symposium is to bring the identified Ministries, States, Government Institutions and development partners on a common platform to develop a strategic framework for dengue control.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stressed the importance of timely detection and reporting of dengue cases for effective management and control.
He also suggested inclusion of dengue under the Integrated Health Information Platform of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, where 33 diseases are already covered.
What is Dengue?
Commonly known as break bone fever, it is a flu-like illness caused by the dengue virus.
It occurs when an Aedes mosquito carrying the virus bites a healthy person.
The disease is mainly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
Causes of Dengue
It is caused due to four viruses, namely - DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, and DENV-4.
The virus enters the mosquito when it bites an already infected person.
The disease is transmitted when it bites a healthy person, and the virus is spread through the person's bloodstream.
Symptoms of Dengue
Headache, Muscle, bone and joint pain, Nausea, Vomiting, swollen glands, Rash.
There is no specific treatment for dengue.
Early detection of severe dengue-associated illness and access to appropriate medical care reduce deaths from severe dengue.
Diagnosis of dengue infection is done with a blood test.
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