Even as the climate is getting colder with every passing day making the situation adverse for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (a vector that carries dengue parasite to human body) to breed, dengue cases refuse to die down, which is evident from five dozen fresh confirmed cases of dengue in the city.
Though one can safely blame it on the prevailing unsanitary conditions in the city; the health officials, who were waiting for the weather to turn colder to get some respite from the increasing dengue cases, are at their wits' end and looking for measures to check it.
Experts said winter was expected to slacken the breeding rate of Aedes aegypti, which breeds in fresh stagnant water.
It seems that the mosquitoes, perhaps, have adapted to the situation - the five dozone fresh confirmed cases make it more pronounced.
Slums and localities like Maqboolpura, Mohkampura, Sharifpura and Verka are usually the worst affected every year. The health department officials maintain that the insanitation condition in various localities of the city is the main reason for the outbreak whereas the municipal corporation officials claimed that they were taking every possible measure to keep the city clean and protected from the mosquitoes.
According to figures, at least, 60 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in the city between November and December. However, in the last quarter (September to December) of the year, as many as 200 confirmed and around 550 suspected dengue cases have been reported. While around 288 suspected and 120 confirmed cases were reported in October.
These current figures trounce the past records. In 2011, 25 dengue cases were confirmed; while in 2010, there were 36.
All that the civil hospital has are six beds in the name of an isolated ward required for treating dengue patients. Though the authority concerned claim that there was one such ward in every government hospital and the private hospitals were also asked to be prepared to accommodate dengue patients.
"The breeding of Aedes aegypti does not stop in the winter as well. Rather it continues at a slow pace,"said civil surgeon Dr Usha Bansal, adding that the winter was yet to mature.
"As of now, the winter chill is not severe, and thus, the mosquitoes continue to breed wherever it finds a suitable environment,"she added.
She further said the MC was told to ensure regular fogging of dengue-prone areas. "They have been asked to repair the ruts in the roads, where water accumulates and form a breeding ground for the Aedes. Besides, residents are regularly sensitised through seminars to keep their surroundings clean and to use mosquito nets and repellant, and cover themselves properly with clothes, especially during daytime,"she said.
Dengue cases year-wise
Year confirmed suspected
2013 320 838
· By aedes aegypti mosquitoes
· By infected blood transfusion
· Sudden fever
· Fever occurs in phases (breaks and returns)
· Headache and pain behind the eyes
· Pain in muscles and joints
· Inflammation of glands
· Keep your surroundings clean
· Do not allow water to stagnate
· Keep your body covered
· Use mosquito nets