Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing has reported a dengue outbreak after a 28-year-old man, a foreign worker at a construction site at Deki Line, tested positive.

He tested positive on September 13.  As of yesterday, Phuentsholing hospital reported 19 positive cases.

According to the health officials, all the cases were subjected to “perifocal investigation.” It is a case-based investigation performed in a 100-meter radius around the index case’s address. The investigation includes active case finding, vector surveillance and public health interventions.

The interventions include source reduction, thermal fogging, and referral of cases to the hospital if anyone was found to have symptoms of dengue.

A doctor said that these activities shall continue for future cases as well.

“Hospital has a weekly reporting system as part of an active surveillance system, and further testing is done at RCDC to confirm the cases,” the doctor said.

The hospital has also trained staff on dengue management, installation of nets for patient beds, and the use of mosquito repellents, which are issued by the management.

The hospital submitted a proposal to the thromde office for community engagement in the control and prevention of dengue.