Dengue raises its head in city again

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Afshan Yasmeen

Climate is conducive for breeding of larvae

Bangalore: After a lull, dengue fever is back in the city with a vengeance. Hospitals are getting patients with suspected dengue almost every day. While 44 cases have tested positive for the viral disease from January, the State-run Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital has recorded seven positive cases in the last 20 days.

While most cases are from the low-lying areas of Ashoknagar, Jaibheemnagar, Ejipura, Viveknagar, Hoskerehalli, Ittamadu, Malleswaram and surrounding areas, some have also been reported from Nelamangala and neighbouring villages of Bangalore Urban district.

Though authorities in the State Health and Family Welfare Department confirmed that dengue cases are on the rise, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Chief Health Officer L.T. Gayatri Devi claimed there were no confirmed cases reported after August 22. “We have taken up intensive cleaning and spraying of insecticides in all vulnerable areas and have brought the situation under control,” she told The Hindu on Monday.

However T.S. Chaluvaraj, State Joint Director for Communicable Diseases, said 50 cases of chikungunya and 44 cases of dengue reported from the city had tested positive till date. “But the situation is not alarming,” he said.

“The city’s climate is conducive for mosquito breeding and the rains have added to the problem. Most of the breeding happens in fresh water stored in overhead tanks, water accumulated in construction sites and in the periphery of lakes. We are adopting the source reduction approach to tackle the problem,” he said.

The State-run K.C. General Hospital in Malleswaram and St. Philomena’s Hospital in Ashoknagar have been receiving at least two patients with symptoms similar to dengue on a daily basis in the past two months. Four patients have tested positive for the viral disease in K.C. General Hospital.

According to Shankar Prasad, Medical Director of St. Philomena’s Hospital, the patients show symptoms such as low blood platelet count and bleeding.

Six cases of confirmed dengue have been reported in the past two months in Victoria Hospital.

“We have been getting sporadic cases on a regular basis in our Out Patient Department (OPD) and are treating at least two patients with symptoms of dengue on a daily basis,” K.R. Raveendra, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine of Victoria Hospital, said.




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