Hyderabad, May 20: The possibility of rise of dengue and COVID-19 diseases at the same time might happen in the next few weeks, Continental Hospitals senior consultant physician Venkata Ramana Rao Nellutla said.
It is widely known that dengue fever is caused by a virus which is spread via mosquitoes that thrive in and near unhygienic human habitations. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters the other person's bloodstream, Nellutla said. “Surprisingly, we are noticing dengue cases in the summer time this year, which is much earlier than usual. Dengue spreading mosquitoes thrive during rainy seasons and this year India is expecting an early monsoon, possibly due to low pollution levels across the world.
“Hence, it is important our society is aware of the need to ensure clean and hygienic surroundings to stop the spread of dengue fever. Any lapses in ensuring a cleaner and safer environment will lead to another disaster, in the times when humankind is already fighting Coronavirus,” he said.
There was a possibility that both dengue and Covid-19 rising at the same time over the next few weeks. A major challenge before healthcare professionals is that both the diseases share some of the symptoms like fever, fatigue, body pains etc., and if they co-exist, there is an increased risk of organ involvement, the senior physician said.(UNI)