In New Delhi 72 new cases of dengue were reported, totaling 1788 cases that have been confirmed by India’s health ministry today. On one side, India is scrambling to finish the construction in time for the Commonwealth Games, which is scheduled in less than a month, on the other side dengue outbreak has become a primary concern for Indian health officials. The dengue outbreak may be fueled by the city’s $4.6 billion preparations for Commonwealth Games, as the heaviest monsoon in 15 years leaves pools of water at construction sites.
Dr. Chusak Prasttisur, the Southeast Asia coordinator of communicable disease for the World Health Organization, expressed concerns that dengue season typically starts around July and peaks in September, but this time it may peak in early October.
For Commonwealth Games, India is expecting 8,000 athletes and team officials from 71 countries and territories. Prasittisuk urged Delhiites to help in containing the outbreak by checking breeding of mosquitoes.
Neither vaccine nor drugs are available for preventing infection of dengue. . Travelers are advised to take measures to avoid being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes. Center for disease Control and prevention (CDC) has issued some guidelines to prevent dengue.
- Wear clothing that adequately covers the arms and legs, especially during the early morning and late afternoon.
- Apply insect repellent to both skin and clothing (e.g., permethrin). The most effective repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethylmetatoluamide)
- For long-term travelers, empty and clean or cover any standing water that can be mosquito-breeding sites in your accommodation (e.g., water storage barrel)
- Remain indoors in a screened or air-conditioned area during the peak biting period for malaria (dusk and dawn).
- Sleep in beds covered by nets treated with permethrin, or sleep in an air-conditioned or well-screened room.
- Spray rooms with products effective against flying insects, such as those containing pyrethroid.
It is important that you take precaution against the contagious dengue fever. Contact your physician if you experience symptoms of dengue.