Slight increase in fever cases as monsoon sets in

As the rainy season has set in, there has been a slight increase in the number of communicable diseases reported in the district, but not more than expected.

Dr. Jayakrishnan of the Department of Community Medicine at the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, said there were a few cases of jaundice reported recently. Though viral fever and dengue were expected during the season, the number of cases reported was not more than the usual rate, he added.

Additional District Medical Officer M.K. Appunni said four cases of cholera had been reported in the last one month.

“This could be termed an outbreak of the disease, just because it is an eradicated disease,” he said.

Two of the four cases were reported from Mavoor while the other two were from Beypore.

All the four infected persons had just returned from a trip to other States and were expected to have contracted the disease from there. However, all necessary steps had been taken to prevent further spread of the disease.

Dr. Appunni said H1N1 was a real cause of concern as 42 cases had been reported in the district this year till Thursday.

The disease was mainly concentrated in the city with 40 cases reported within the corporation limits. It spread by means of man to man contact, especially in thickly populated areas. Most of those infected this year were employees of hotels or cool bars where there was a greater risk of infection, he said.

In the case of dengue and chikungunya, only three or four cases each had been reported and hence they were considered well under control.

Malaria was also reported at the rate of one or two cases a month, mainly from the sections where migrant labourers were employed, Dr. Appunni said.

The doctor advised the public to take precautions against communicable diseases by maintaining personal hygiene.

Consult a doctor immediately in case of dysentery, for it could be a symptom of cholera. Avoid open air defecation and wash the hands properly with soap after defecation and before taking food. Do not consume food that had been kept open for a long time. Drink only water that had been boiled for 20 minutes and then cooled.

A person infected with H1N1 should stay in isolation, cover the nose and mouth while coughing or talking and maintain a distance of at least one metre from others. “H1N1 spreads fast, but is not dangerous except for pregnant women, little kids and aged persons. A few pregnant women had been killed due to the diseases in the previous year,” Dr. Appunni said and added that the drugs for H1N1 were available in all government hospitals and public health centres free of cost. The drugs could also be consumed as a precautionary measure, he added.

  • Over 40 H1N1 cases reported in

    city this year

  • Drugs available at government hospitals