Ten dengue cases in City in two days

Ten dengue cases in City in two days

Intermittent rainfall in the City has led to a spurt in dengue cases. Ten fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the last two days.

According to the BBMP’s health department, 140 of the 285 blood samples tested since january 2013 at the National Institute of Virology, the government laboratory in Victoria Hospital, have tested positive. At the State level, there are 6,187 suspected cases. As many as 4,618 samples have been collected and 1,422 people tested positive for dengue. 

A BBMP official said the maximum number of dengue positive cases have been reported at the C V Raman Nagar and Mahadevapura areas in the City, the reason being intermittent rain coupled with lack of water supply. The official said several people store water, which provides a breeding ground to the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. This breed normally thrives on fresh water stored in pots, inside coconut shells or moist soil. Lack of awareness despite several drives to sensitise the public has led to the sudden increase in dengue cases, the official added.

The BBMP conducted a door-to-door awareness programme from the first week of June. Officials have visited over 1,60,705 homes. The survey team has found mosquito larvae in 2,004 households. The official said extensive spraying and fogging are being carried out in the areas where positive cases have been reported. The number of workers have also been increased from three to six.

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