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Sudden outbreak of dengue in Bengaluru

  • According to the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Services, this week the city has recorded over 3,393 cases
  • As the monsoon progresses, cases of dengue tend to increase

New Delhi: Bengaluru witnessed a sudden outbreak of dengue with over 1,000 cases in last two weeks. According to the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Services, this week the city has recorded over 3,393 cases. As the monsoon progresses, cases of dengue tend to increase.

“Although the numbers are not huge this year in the four districts of Chamarajanagar (81), Chitradurga (74), Kalaburagi (134), and Tumkuru (30), they are higher than those reported there last year. So, we have taken up a special awareness drive in these districts. Even in Jeppu, where we have recorded an outbreak, the recorded number is 100 cases. It is a strange trend this year," S. Sajjan Shetty, State Joint Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, told The Hindu.

The Hindu also reported that only three confirmed dengue deaths have been recorded this year. Dr. Shetty said, “Although 13 deaths owing to suspected dengue had been reported, the State Death Audit Committee has confirmed that only three of the 13 can be attributed to dengue."

According to ministry of health and family welfare, of the five worst-hit states, four are in South India: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Kerala. Other states affected with dengue in 2019 are Gujarat and Rajasthan.Union health minister Harsh Vardhan recently convened a meeting with all states to tackle the vector borne diseases in India.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that we don’t create an environment for these mosquitoes to breed. As the vector breeds in stagnant water, we should not let water get accumulated in unused and broken utensils and containers, used tyres, discarded coconut shells, water coolers, uncovered water tanks, etc. Commitment at all level is essential for prevention and control of these diseases," said Harsh Vardhan.

“Community efforts in the right direction can minimize the disease burden in the country. Simple measures can be taken for keeping the surroundings clean and free of aedes mosquitoes. Success of the vector control programme is related to community participation and ownership", he added.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in several regions of the world. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus.

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