Man­dalay notes drop in dengue cases

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­

DENGUE fever cases have plum­meted in Man­dalay Re­gion this year, with health of­fi­cials at­tribut­ing the dip to ef­fec­tive pes­ti­cide spray­ing and cycli­cal trends of the dis­ease.

Last year there were 6442 cases of dengue and 17 deaths in Man­dalay, a large spike in a year that saw a re­gional uptick in the viral in­fec­tions.

With rainy sea­son – the time of year when dengue in­fec­tions are most com­mon – wind­ing down, Man­dalay has noted 951 cases from Jan­uary through Au­gust, one of which was fa­tal.

“Through­out mon­soon sea­son, Man­dalay City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, the Min­istry of Health and Sports, and the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health have care­fully con­ducted pre­ven­tive mea­sures which con­trib­uted to a sharp drop in the dengue fever in­fec­tion rate, as well as to a de­crease in the death rate. In par­tic­u­lar, we en­sured weekly or in some ar­eas even daily sprays of mos­quito re­pel­lent,” said Dr Win Naing, the re­gional head of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health.

Man­dalay dis­trict has seen the high­est num­ber of dengue fever in­fec­tions this year with 510 cases, while 56 cases have been re­ported in Kyaukse, 52 in Meik­tila, 150 in My­ingyan, 12 in Nyaung-U, 133 in Pyin Oo Lwin and 38 in Yame­thin, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment’s fig­ures.

“We’ve car­ried out spray­ing and dis­in­fect­ing for mos­qui­toes ev­ery Fri­day, es­pe­cially around schools,” said Dr Win Naing.

Man­dalay recorded 224 cases of dengue fever and one fa­tal­ity in 2012, which sharply in­creased to 2288 cases and 20 deaths in 2013, and 2028 in­fec­tions and 20 deaths in 2014. Last year was the high­est num­ber of cases recorded in Man­dalay.

Health of­fi­cials at­trib­uted last year’s spike to se­vere sea­sonal flood­ing which caused poor san­i­ta­tion – and the per­fect mos­quito breed­ing grounds – and to cycli­cal “peaks” that can oc­cur ev­ery four or five years.

Dengue fever has been recorded in Myan­mar since 1965.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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