Along with an increase in new COVID-19 infections, Karnataka is reporting an increase in dengue cases. The state had reported 1,838 dengue cases as of June 10.
According to State Health Department data, there has been a roughly 50% increase in dengue occurrence this year — from January to June 10 — compared to the same period last year.
So far this year, 1,838 instances have been registered, compared to 916 cases reported in the same period last year. In the previous month alone (May 10 to June 10), the State’s total has increased by 532 instances.
Bengaluru continued to have the highest number of dengue cases in the state, reporting 388 (almost 22 percent) of the overall tally. Following Bengaluru, a considerable increase was noted in the districts of Udupi, Mysuru, Koppal, Chitradurga, and Vijayapura during January to May compared to the previous year. From January through June 10, Udupi had the highest number (217) among districts other than Bengaluru. Mysuru (171), Chitradurga (105) and Koppal follow (94).
Routine monitoring and source reduction operations have been increased, according to State Health Commissioner Randeep D., in light of the present growing trend of dengue cases in various districts.
“Monsoon season supports the widespread proliferation of the Aedesaegyptimosquito, which is a vector for dengue, chikungunya and zika vírus disease. We are intensifying the routine surveillance and source reduction activities in rural areas by ASHAs and health assistants. The fortnightly source reduction activity in urban wards is also being taken up on a war-footing mode with strict monitoring and supervision,” the Commissioner told The Hindu on Saturday.
He said that a circular has been issued directing all District Vector Borne Disease Control (DVBDC) officers to ensure effective disposal of solid waste that will help prevent mosquito breeding in peri-domestic situations. “All government and private office buildings including commercial establishments should be inspected for Aedesaegypti mosquito breeding,” he said.
In addition to increased monitoring, DVBDC officials have been directed to ensure that individuals take personal protective measures and to promote biological and chemical control at the home, community, and institutional levels, he added. District officers have also been directed to guarantee the timely treatment of sick patients as well as the provision of required medications and logistics such as adulticide and larvicide at all levels, including village level.
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