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Gurgaon reports seven more malaria cases this week, total this year rises to 30

The health department has been conducting an anti-larvae operation to check the breeding of mosquitoes in Gurgaon

gurgaon Updated: Aug 13, 2017 22:51 IST
Ipsita Pati
Heath officials said there has been a reduction in the number of mosquito-breeding sites in Gurgaon this year.
Heath officials said there has been a reduction in the number of mosquito-breeding sites in Gurgaon this year.(Sanjeev Verma/HT FILE PHOTO)

As many as seven new malaria cases were reported in the city this week, taking the total number of cases this year to 30.

Doctors and health officials have already flagged a vector alert, saying that with the city receiving good rainfall this monsoon, cases of mosquito-borne diseases are likely to rise this year.

“We have been conducting awareness camps in areas where dengue and malaria cases have been reported in bulk. Anti-larve operation that we have been conducting is already starting to show results, as there has been a significant reduction in the number of mosquito-breeding spots in the city this year,” Dr. SS Saroha, deputy civil surgeon, civil hospital, Gurgaon, said.

A private hospital in the city sent word on seven new malaria cases to the civil hospital on Sunday.

“Of late, cases of malaria has increased due to continuous rain and stagnant water in and around the city. Unlike the dengue-carriers, mosquitoes causing malaria breed in dirty water. The symptoms of malaria typically manifest within 10 days or 4 weeks following the infection. Common symptoms of malaria include high fever, sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle pain and traces of blood in stool,” said Dr. Rajesh Kumar,senior consultant, Internal Medicine, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon.

The health department has intensified anti-larvae operation and also has been conducting fogging in many areas in a bid to contain the spread of such diseases. The Haryana government has set a broad objective of making the state malaria-free by 2020.

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“We are aiming to destroy all potential breeding grounds of mosquitoes in the city. Reducing the number of breeding grounds will go a long way in containing the spread of dengue and malaria,” Dr. BK Rajora, chief medical officer, civil hospital, said.

In 2016, the city reported 38 malaria cases, down from 67 in 2015, 79 in 2014 and 212 in 2013.

According to World health Organisation (WHO) about 70% of all malaria deaths occur in 0-5 age group. Children under 5 years of age, pregnant women and patients with HIV/AIDS, as well as non-immune migrants and travellers are considered most vulnerable to malaria.