Three dengue patients in Oman recover, dengue inspection drive to continue

Oman Monday 17/December/2018 11:33 AM
By: Times News Service
Three dengue patients in Oman recover, dengue inspection drive to continue

Muscat: Three patients who were diagnosed with dengue fever in Oman have recovered, a top official at the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

Dr. Abdullah bin Bashir Al Manji from the Department of Epidemiological Investigation at the General Directorate for Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, told Times of Oman, “Three patients, who were diagnosed with dengue last week, have recovered. I can’t confirm if the number of cases of dengue fever have increased or not so far, as the samples have to be sent to the laboratory.”

Al Manji added that the mosquito survey will now cover the Wilayat of Bausher after Seeb. He said, “Azaiba, Ghala and other areas of Bausher will be also covered after the Wilayat of Seeb, [in these areas teams will] investigate and control the spread of the mosquitoes.”
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Al Manji appealed to citizens and residents to cooperate with the teams. “In some cases it is necessary to enter houses in order to facilitate the investigation and disposal of mosquito breeding grounds,” he added.

The search comes after the Ministry of Health announced that a case of dengue was recorded in the Sultanate. The field investigation began on Thursday and the ministry divided the Wilayat of Seeb into blocks

According to the ministry’s statement, the Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits dengue, yellow fever, the Zika virus, and other viral diseases.

The ministry has advised the public on ways they can avoid mosquito bites, such as wearing long-sleeved, body-covering clothes; using mosquito-repelling ointments on exposed parts of the body; closing windows with a mesh to protect themselves against mosquitoes; and spraying households with insecticides.

The ministry also advised the public on ways to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, such as discarding water that is stored every five days and cleaning tanks, disposing water collected from air conditioners and changing the water of fans and other places where it gets accumulated.

People should also change the water in animal and bird drinking containers and clean the bowls before refilling them every five days, cover water reservoirs, dispose used tyres, and ensure the disposal of empty dye cans and damaged utensils.