A deficient monsoon this year has come as a blessing in disguise for the city residents the number of cases of vector-borne diseases has come down significantly as compared to the past few years.
Not even a single case of dengue has been reported in the city so far. There were very few malaria cases as compared to last year.
UT’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) reveals that out of the 883 people tested for dengue in the city not even a single confirmed case was found. “Due to less rain, mosquito breeding was less,” said Dr Anil Garg, UT’s assistant director, malaria.
The situation is even better when it comes to other vector-borne diseases. Last year, a total of 91 malaria cases were detected by the end of August. However, only 71 malaria cases have been reported in the city so far this year.
According to Meteorological Centre, Chandigarh, the city got just 223.1 mm rain this monsoon season so far, which is 466.8 mm less than the normal rainfall.
Symptoms of dengue are fever accompanied by a severe headache, pain and rashes. Dengue is also characterised by abdominal pain, persistent vomiting and difficulty in breathing. High-risk patients are children, pregnant women, those with low immunity and the elderly.