15 die of epidemics; thousands throng hospitals

Though rain took a break in the past few days, the district has been witnessing a spurt in epidemics.

In all, 2,633 fever cases were reported from various parts of the district on Monday, of which 61 were admitted to various hospitals.

A 40-year-old man died of jaundice at Mannampetta, near here, on Monday. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Fifteen people have died of various epidemics in the district so far in this month. This includes fever (seven); leptospirosis (five); chicken pox (two) and diarrhoea (two).

Spurt in the case of dengue fever and leptospirosis has been reported from various parts of the district.

High fever, body ache, rashes, chills, dehydration and nausea are the main symptoms of dengue fever. The aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue fever, breeds in fresh water.

In all, 32 dengue fever cases have been reported in the district so far in this season. Seventeen cases of leptospirosis and 43 cases of malaria have also been confirmed. More than 10,000 people approached the hospitals for treatment of fever in the district last week.

Almost all hospitals in the district have been witnessing a heavy rush.

Most of the patients visiting the hospitals complained of high fever, body ache, sore throat along with cough and runny nose.

The health department has urged private hospitals to report cases of vector-borne diseases so that the exact prevalence of a disease can be calculated.

Clogged drains, accumulation of garbage, lack of public awareness on anti-mosquito measures have aggravated the situation.

Health officials have cautioned the people against water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. Fluctuation in temperature and humidity make the atmosphere conducive for the spread of the diseases.

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