September 9 – Six people have died of dengue so far, according to data received from the Epidemiology and Epidemic Management Section.

Of them, two died of the epidemics in Kathmandu and one each Sindhupalchowk, Sunsari, Chitwan, and Doti.

Likewise, 3,899 cases of dengue fever have been reported across the country. Of them, about 2010 dengue fever have been reported in Province 3; 896 in Gandaki; 831 in Province 1; 96 in Province 5; 39 in Province 2; 23 in Sudur Paschim; and 3 in Karnali Province.

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by female mosquitoes of Aedes species mainly Aedes aegypti –the same mosquito responsible for yellow fever and Zika infections. It is caused by four distinct but closely related viruses of the Flaviviridae family.

The infection causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

According to a study, about 3.9 billion people in 128 countries, in the tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide are at the risk of dengue infection.

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