665 dengue cases so far this year

‘2,386 cases recorded in the corresponding period last year’

Although hospitals across the State have seen a peak in dengue cases since June first week, a comparison of official figures to previous years indicates that the disease has not reached epidemic proportions.

While 665 positive cases have been recorded from January to July 9 this year, the figure was much higher — 2,386 (including 79 from Bangalore) — in the corresponding period last year.

A total of 6,408 confirmed cases of dengue, including 1,047 from Bangalore, were reported in 2013. During the same period in 2012, 3,175 positive cases, including 868 from Bangalore, had been reported, according to figures provided by the Health Department.

No dengue deaths have been recorded this year, officials claimed. Twelve deaths were reported in 2013 and 21 in 2012.

State Health Director Geetha Nyamagowder told The Hindu on Saturday that the incidence of dengue, a vector-borne disease, was sporadic in nature and “unlike last year there was no outbreak in any particular district.” The disease is caused by aedes aegypti mosquito that breeds in fresh water and are active during the day.

This year, the highest number of cases have been recorded in Dakshina Kannada (90) followed by Bangalore City (80), Raichur (66), Bellary (58) and Gadag (50). Dr. Nyamagowder said the department had taken up surveillance measures from March itself. “We have also taken up information, education and communication (IEC) activities to create awareness,” she said.

Last year, the demand for platelets, a vital blood component in treating dengue, went up considerably in Bangalore.

Other fevers

Apart from dengue, hospitals are also seeing cases of chikungunya and Influenza (A) H1N1.

Attributing this to fluctuating weather and intermittent rains, Dr. Nyamagowder said that 222 chikungunya cases and 180 H1N1 cases had been recorded in the State since January this year. While no chikungunya deaths had been reported so far, 18 people had succumbed to H1N1 this year, she said.

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