After a few successive rainy days, it is the turn of diseases to torment people. Till a few days ago, only swine flu occupied the news headlines, triggering off a rush for the preventive masks and medicines. Now the global disease is forced to budge and share its privileged position with the more local ones such as dengue, chikungunya, and viral fever.

People’s rush too has shifted from masks to repellents and nets.

However, authorities seem unfazed even after the news appeared in many newspapers. We do not see fogging machines anywhere. In fact, a resident said that the machines worked only to drive the mosquitoes from the streets into households.

SWATHI. V