In the recent history of Tamil Nadu's epidemics, the most virulent dengue epidemic has swept the state this year. Even as early as one month ago, Tamil Nadu had the highest number of dengue cases, exceeding 5000, and the highest number of deaths in the country at 39. Not that the epidemic has died down since. On the contrary, everyday, reports are coming in of deaths due to dengue, though authorities have claimed that in most instances, other causes for mortality.
While a large measure of prevention rests in the hand of the community, as the mosquitoes breed in clean water collected in domestic and peri domestic areas, health authorities have got into the act, spreading awareness about the need to empty such water containers regularly and clean them periodically to prevent further breeding of mosquitoes.