Health calls on all private facilities to monitor dengue virus infection – Emirates – news and reports


The Ministry of Health and Community Protection called on all governmental and private health facilities to strengthen local surveillance of dengue virus infection, and advised all practicing physicians to consider dengue fever as a differential diagnosis for acute fevers, and to consider dengue fever as a disease that must be reported immediately in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Control Law (14 of 2014). Physicians must be obligated to immediately report to the competent health department in accordance with the applicable system.

The ministry said that these measures are within the framework of its keenness to ensure the interest of patients and strengthen the health system in the country, noting that dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and it has spread rapidly in all regions of the World Health Organization in recent years, and the disease is spreading widely in all regions. Tropical, with local variations in the level of risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, and rapid, indiscriminate urbanization, and that the Aedes aegypti mosquito lives in urban habitats and breeds primarily in man-made enclosures. Early in the morning and in the evening before dusk, female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bite several people during each feeding period.

The Ministry of Health indicated that there is a remarkable global increase in the spread of dengue fever and other viruses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, such as Zika virus, yellow fever virus and chikungunya virus. Dengue fever cases are diagnosed annually in the country and are generally for those coming from endemic areas around the world.
She pointed out that the risk of a local spread of the disease depends on the hypothesis of the presence of the disease vector (Aedes aegypti mosquito) in the country in light of climatic changes and the existence of an environment suitable for mosquito breeding, and because the symptoms of dengue fever can mimic other diseases that lead to fever, the diagnosis of cases can constitute A challenge for health practitioners.

The Ministry defined dengue fever as: a significant rise in temperature (40 degrees Celsius during the past ten days) and it is accompanied by two or more of several symptoms: severe headache, pain around or behind the eye, skin rash, body pain, joint pain, decreased In white blood cells, low blood platelets, hemorrhagic symptoms (hemorrhagic symptoms in the skin, bleeding gums, nosebleed, blood in vomiting in urine or stool or vaginal bleeding).

She indicated that the danger signs of dengue fever are: symptoms of abdominal pain or when the abdomen is touched, persistent vomiting, fluid accumulation in the body (such as ascites or pleural effusion), bleeding from the mucous membranes, lethargy, insomnia, and an enlarged liver.

The Ministry of Health and Community Protection recommended 3 measures: First: For cases that meet the definition of clinical cases, they should be subject to laboratory diagnosis according to plans. Second: Immediate reporting to the concerned health department after collecting the sample as a suspected case of dengue fever, and the diagnosis is confirmed after receiving the results of laboratory tests. Third: Raising auditors’ awareness of the method of personal protection through: appropriate disposal of solid waste, removal of man-made habitats, coverage, weekly emptying and cleaning of household water storage containers, and use of personal household prevention measures such as window blinds, long-sleeved clothing, pesticide-treated materials, coils and devices fumigation.



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