MUSCAT: A recently conducted medical study found that female mosquito Aedes aegypti remained the main vector of dengue fever and that the past years saw an increase in infection rate. The majority of reported cases occurred among the over-25s, mostly female Omanis from the Wilayat of Baushar.
The study, titled ‘Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of inpatients with dengue fever in Oman’, called for effective intervention to stem the mosquitoes that cause outbreak of dengue fever in the presence of integrated and flexible preventive measures to monitor dengue fever cases.
The study, the results of which were published in Oman Medical Journal, aimed at identifying epidemiological and clinical characteristics of dengue fever inpatients at the Royal Hospital.
The study found that the dengue fever cases reported in the Sultanate of Oman is the result of local outbreak which requires active and sustained intervention to fight disease vectors. In addition, the situation necessitates integrated, proactive and preventive measures to monitor dengue fever cases and the allocation of sufficient financial resources to stymie the spread of Aedes aegypti.
The study concluded that fever and thrombocytopenia are among the most common symptoms of dengue fever in the Sultanate of Oman.
According to the study, determining the factors associated with hospitalization can help identify the persons in need of close monitoring and early therapeutic intervention.