Unprecedented Spurt in Dengue Cases Across India
By: Khushpreet Kaur
Amid the ongoing pandemic, the country is witnessing an increase in dengue cases. The national capital Delhi recorded 480 dengue cases this season, and about 140 cases in October only, reported Time of India. It is the highest count since 2018.
Haryana has reported 1,359 dengue cases, with Sirsa, Panchkula, Faridabad, Gurugram, Nuh, and Mahendergarh being the worst affected districts; Sirsa tops the list with 148 cases.
In Panchkula, as far as now, 181 cases have been recorded. In Indore, 577 cases have been reported and are the highest count in the last 12 years.
Health experts are focussing on vaccination and monitoring covid cases that led to carelessness, i.e. planning vector-borne diseases. But experts say that delays in monsoons and climate change could be the reason for the spurt in dengue cases.
According to a Tribune dispatch, the sudden spurt in the number of vector-borne diseases, including Dengue, can be attributed to the prolonged monsoon season this year, which resulted in waterlogging across multiple states. Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director, LNJP Hospital, Delhi, said to ANI, “15 dengue patients are admitted here. While reports of 15 others are awaited. There has been a rise in dengue cases due to prolonged monsoon period & different transmission cycle of mosquitoes, which changes every year.”
Meanwhile, in Uttarakhand, Dehradun District Administration & Municipal Corporation teams conducted fogging drive in the district on Tuesday to combat the rising Dengue cases in the city. The city reported three new cases of Dengue on Tuesday.
The situation is similar in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The city has recorded over 500 cases so far. On Tuesday itself, the Ghaziabad reported 33 new cases, according to district health department figures.
Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of Dengue, and its larvae breed in clear, standing water. Therefore, water accumulation in tanks, coolers, flower pots must be checked to prevent breeding.
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