Health Protection Agency

HPA issues influenza and dengue fever warning

  • HPA appeals in a press statement for the public to take caution
  • HPA urges infected individuals covering the nose and mouth while coughing, and avoid going to public places if suffering from a cold.
  • HPA recommends wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, as well as using mosquito repellent lotions or sprays to prevent dengue fever.

Mariyam Afaaf Adam
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K. Male' 2019 Nov 19 | Tue 21:04 2,180 local

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Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued a public health warning due to the current outbreak of influenza and dengue fever.

HPA appeals in a press statement for the public to take caution, especially while travelling, as travels abroad as well as to other islands are bound to increase due to the upcoming academic holidays.

The cautionary measures urged by HPA include infected individuals covering the nose and mouth while coughing, and avoid going to public places if suffering from a cold. Additionally, they advise susceptible individuals to get vaccinated and consult a doctor.

Additionally, if symptoms include vomiting and loose motion, HPA strongly recommends these individuals to vigilantly wash hands with soap, as well as properly washing raw fruits and vegetables before use.

Moreover, HPA recommends wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, as well as using mosquito repellent lotions or sprays to prevent dengue fever. Furthermore, making sure there is no stagnant pools of water and keeping doors and windows closed during the morning and evening hours is also recommended.

The number of patients consulting doctors have increased following the outbreak.

Last updated at: 2 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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