Kalpetta: The health department has issued alert in Wayanad in view of the suspicions of Nipah virus outbreak in the state. People are requested to seek medical help if they have severe fever and cough. The health department has also directed people to be aware of the Nipah virus and the precautions to be taken and not to spread fake messages regarding the same.
Contagious diseases are likely to spread during monsoon season. The health department has intensified the prevention activities. The mosquito breeding areas should be controlled with the help of the public and avoid water puddles in houses and its premises.
Fever & Leptospirosis
In total 1055 persons have been affected with fever within three days and have sought medical help at various hospitals in the district. One case of Leptospirosis also was confirmed.
37 persons were affected with Leptospirosis this year. The health department directed the labourers who work in agricultural farms to take preventive medicine for Leptospirosis.
After the rainfall occurred a few days ago, more number of dengue fever and H1N1 fever are reported in the district, according to health department. Fever, headache, pain behind eyes and redness and rash on skin are the major symptoms of dengue fever. When the disease intensifies, fainting and bleeding may also be seen.
Once the symptoms are observed, the patient has to seek medical help immediately. In order to prevent dengue fever, sources of mosquito breeding must be destroyed and cleanliness in and around the house maintained. Dengue was confirmed on two patients in the district within three days. With this, the number of dengue cases reported this year rose to eight.
Fever, throat pain, body pain and headache are major symptoms of H1N1 fever. In order to stop the disease from spreading, one has to cover the nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing.
Medical help has to be sought immediately when symptoms are observed. Five patients were confirmed to have H1N1 fever in May. A total of 28 persons were affected with H1N1 this year and two deaths also were reported.
Five migrant labourers were affected with cholera so far. Patient has to get medical aid soon after diarrhoea is experienced. They have to consume ORS solution to prevent dehydration. Also only boiled water should be used for drinking. The authorities also directed to wash hands using soap before and after consuming food.
Medical facilities ensured
Wayanad DMP Dr Renuka said that emergency medical facilities are arranged in all hospitals in the district ahead of monsoon. Emergency medicine and ORS have been stocked in hospitals, she added.