Karnataka Boosts Prevention And Control Measures in Response to the Escalation of The Dengue Epidemic

Dengue fever cases have increased by nearly half this year, from January to June 10, as compared to the same period last year.

Along with an increase in new COVID-19 infections, the number of dengue cases in Karnataka is increasing. The state has reported 1,838 dengue cases as of June 10th.

According to data from the State Health Department, the incidence of dengue fever has increased by about 50% this year, from January to June 10, compared to the same period last year.

There have been 1,838 cases reported as of June 10 this year, compared to 916 cases reported in the same period last year. A total of 532 instances have been added to the State’s count in the last month (May 10 to June 10).

Bengaluru accounted for 22% of the Total

Bengaluru continued to report the highest number of dengue cases in the state, with 388 (almost 22% of the total tally) reported in the city. From January to May, there was a considerable increase in Udupi, Mysuru, Koppal, Chitradurga, and Vijayapura districts compared to last year.

Among the districts other than Bengaluru, Udupi had the highest number (217) from January to June 10. Mysuru (171), Chitradurga (105), and Koppal are the next cities on the list (94).

Routine surveillance and source reduction measures have been enhanced, according to State Health Commissioner Randeep D., in light of the current rising trend of dengue cases in various districts.

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“The Aedesaegyptimosquito, which is a vector for dengue, chikungunya, and zika virus disease, thrives during the rainy season.” ASHAs and health assistants are stepping up routine surveillance and source reduction actions in rural regions.

The Commissioner informed The Hindu on Saturday that the fortnightly source reduction effort in urban wards is also being carried out on a war footing with careful monitoring and supervision.

A circular has been published

According to him, a circular has been issued asking all District Vector Borne Disease Control (DVBDC) officers to guarantee proper solid waste disposal to assist minimize mosquito breeding in peri-domestic areas. “Aedesaegypti mosquito breeding should be inspected in all government and private office buildings, including commercial facilities,” he stated.

Apart from beefing up surveillance, DVBDC personnel have been told to encourage individuals to take personal safety precautions and to make biological and chemical control easier at the household, community, and institutional levels, he said.

The district officers have also been ordered to ensure the timely treatment of sick patients and the availability of necessary medications and supplies, such as adulticide and larvicide, at all levels, up to the village level.

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