Speaking to Muscat Daily
, Dr Said al Mukhaini, head, Malaria Epidemiology and Vector-borne ailments section, in the Ministry of Health (MoH) mentioned that 33 dengue instances have been reported this year. “Of 33 cases, 30 were imported. Three contracted the virus locally and because of this, we have to be more concerned.”
Dr Mukhaini mentioned this is the initial time that such a case has been reported in Muscat [in Seeb] and MoH has stepped up surveillance to tackle any possible surge in instances.
“Our team is investigating. A survey is being conducted through random visit of houses in Seeb. We are implementing preventive measures to control the spread. So, we seek cooperation from public in this regard.”
is a mosquito that can spread dengue fever. People infected have mild or no symptoms.
Symptoms of dengue could be confused with other illnesses that trigger fever and flu-like illness. “Symptoms include high fever, muscle pain and a rash.”
Dengue could not be endemic to Oman but its spread can be checked by stopping accumulation of stagnant water.
“We get in touch with upon the public to be cautious and stay away from leaving swimming pool water unchanged for days.
“Also, there is a need to change drinking water left for animals and birds outside on a regular basis to avoid such insects from breeding there. Those who use used tyres for decoration or gardening should ensure they are dry as they can be breeding place for insects,” Dr Mukhaini mentioned.
Information Source: Muscat Daily