Telangana

Close to 4,000 dengue cases in Telangana and counting

Fever ward at district headquarter hospital in Khammam overcrowded with patients on Wednesday as the district records 775 cases of dengue this season.

Fever ward at district headquarter hospital in Khammam overcrowded with patients on Wednesday as the district records 775 cases of dengue this season.  

Officials fear that the number of cases may be the highest by year-end

With close to 4,000 cases of dengue being reported in Telangana, the officials in the Telangana Health Department fear that by end of the year, the number cases might be the highest compared to the past seven years. From January 1 to September 9, a total of 3,931 cases were reported across the State. The 4,000 mark was crossed only twice in the past seven years — a total of 4,037 dengue cases were reported in 2016, and 4,592 in 2018.

According to official reports, of the 3,931 cases reported this year, the highest of 822 cases have been reported in Hyderabad, 775 in Khammam, 431 in Medchal, 350 in Ranga Reddy, 238 in Mahabubnagar and 206 in Siddipet. Though officials had earlier said that the number of cases were low in urban districts, there has been spike in the numbers since the past five days after the officials started insisting that the private hospital managements report all the dengue cases that come to their notice.

Apart from dengue, people suffering from other vector-borne diseases such as malaria and chikungunya are getting admitted in hospitals. This year, 1,212 malaria cases and 338 cases of Chikungunya have been reported in the State.

Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender has been reviewing measures that have been taken so far to avoid viral fevers and vector-borne diseases in various districts. On Wednesday, he held meetings with the officials in Mahbubnagar and Mulugu.

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