Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection sometimes causing potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. The viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.
As of 24 July 2017 the outbreak of Dengue virus in the four Dzongkhags of Chukha (Phuentsholing), Samtse, Sarpang (Gelephu) and Samdrupjongkhar has affected around 150 people. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with local authorities and WHO are monitoring the situation closely to address the situation, ensuring that the outbreak is contained and that there are no fatalities.
A consultant has been fielded to train health workers (Medical Doctors, Nurses, Malaria Lab Technician, Health Assistants and Lab technologists) on the clinical management of dengue. The trainings will be held from 25 July to 4 August in the four endemic Dzongkhags. Additionally, WHO is supporting the Ministry to conduct door-to-door surveillance in the four endemic Dzongkhags and also by procuring Dengue test kits, Difluenzuron tablets and Natural Pyrethrum.