Masking of Possible Dengue Epidemic Due to COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

Abhigan Babu Shrestha, Manjil Aryal, Sajina Shrestha

Abstract


COVID-19 had its first outbreak in Wuhan city, China. With its escalating cases, WHO declared it as a pandemic on 11th of March, 2020. Nepal faced the same scenario as other countries. Being a landlocked country, India facing its possible third wave has created a greater concern for Nepal. Along with COVID-19 cases, dengue cases have also been spotted. Nepal is a dengue endemic country with the worst endemic faced in 2019. COVID-19 and dengue share similar clinical and diagnostic features. As of now, all focus is given to control the pandemic, with minimal attention to dengue. This monsoon season, dengue cases are anticipated to increase so, proper attention must be driven towards it. Preparations must be taken to tackle the endemic. Vector surveillance programs and mass awareness should be done, focusing on previous endemic zones. Places lacking rapid diagnostic tests must be supplied with it as soon as possible in order to prevent the untimely diagnosis of dengue or even co-infection which could be more lethal cocktail.

International Journal of Human and Health Sciences Vol. 06 No. 02 April’22 Page: 227-230   


Keywords


COVID-19, Dengue,masking infection, Nepal

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31344/ijhhs.v6i2.452

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