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Locations affected: India

What:

Multiple parts of India have witnessed a recent rise in dengue cases, especially in Karnataka. According to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagaria Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru is recording an average of 60 daily cases.

Why:

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Dengue cases usually spike during the monsoon season in India, which occurs from June to September. The high humidity levels and stagnant water bodies created due to the rain create favorable conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

So What:

  • The dengue infection usually lasts 8 to 10 days, with patients showing symptoms like high fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and rash. A severe dengue infection can cause belly pain, vomiting, bleeding from the nose or gums, and extreme fatigue.
  • As of 05th July, Mysuru reported 479 active dengue cases. Cases have also doubled in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts compared to the cases recorded last year.
  • On 04th July, the Karnataka health department mandated the establishment of fever clinics in areas reporting high cases across the state. The department has also instructed officials to identify dengue hotspots, increase dengue testing, and ramp up public awareness campaigns. The state government has imposed price caps on diagnostic tests for dengue.
  • Simaur district in Himachal Pradesh has also seen a rise in dengue cases. Seventeen new cases were reported on 04th July.

Outlook:

The rise in dengue cases has increased vigilance throughout the country. Precautionary measures and public awareness campaigns are crucial to combat the increasing number of dengue cases. Maintenance of clean surroundings to avoid the formation of breeding grounds for mosquitoes and the usage of mosquito repellents and mosquito nets are some preventive measures. It is advised to promptly seek medical attention in case of any symptoms associated with dengue. Organizations are advised to remain updated on the situation and prepare necessary contingency plans.

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