HPA warns of still increasing spread of three diseases including dengue

People wear masks as they walk along a street in Hulhumale'. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Muzayyin Nazim)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, has again warned of observing an increase of three diseases this year compared to the same period of last year, urging the public to take precautionary measures.

The three diseases named by the agency are dengue, viral flu, diarrhea and vomiting.

Statistics publicized by HPA show that 294 cases of dengue were reported in June, of which 68 cases were reported in the last week of the month. Meanwhile, 322 cases of dengue were reported in July, of which 88 cases were reported in the last week of the month.

HPA advised to cover as much as possible, to make use of mosquito repellent, and to keep doors and windows closed early morning and, in the evening, as preventative measures. Moreover, they advised not to discard items like cans which can retain water on streets and home premises.

Home remedies suggested by HPA for those contracting dengue included drinking more fluids, resting, and taking paracetamol. They have also advised consulting a doctor if the fever exceeds three days, is unable to take fluids or feels too weak.

A total of 21,802 viral flu cases were reported in June. Meanwhile, 27,553 cases of viral flu were reported in June.

The health agency stressed the importance of taking precautionary measures against viral flu – urging to properly covering the mouth and nose when sneezing, observing proper hygiene and frequently washing hands.

A total of 2,376 cases of vomiting and diarrhea were reported in June – and 3,103 cases were reported in July.

Stressing the increase in the spread of these three diseases this year – HPA has once again urged the public to take precautionary measures.