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Dengue cases on rise in Rajasthan, but situation not alarming:Director public health

From January 1, 2017 until now, 3,651 people have tested positive with the virus and five have succumbed to the infection

jaipur Updated: Oct 27, 2017 19:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, is common in India. (REUTERS)

The number of dengue cases is on the rise in Rajasthan with 1,123 people testing positive for the mosquito-borne viral disease in the last fortnight and two deaths reported during the period, one each in Kota and Jaipur.

Figures with the state health department show that from January 1, 2017 until now, 3,651 people have tested positive with the virus and five have succumbed to the viral infection.

Kota has the maximum cases of dengue with a total of 1,192 people testing positive with the virus from January 1, 2017 until now, followed by Jaipur with 1,089 cases.

Director public health Dr VK Mathur said the increase in the cases of dengue is due to the breeding environment for mosquitoes are conducive and low wind velocity.

“The situation of dengue in the state is not alarming yet as last year there were 5,264 cases of dengue and 16 deaths,” he said.

Dr Raman Sharma at the Sawai Man Singh Medical College said in dengue oral fluid and intravenous) fluid is the mainstay for treatment, which reverses the mortality rate.

Figure at the hospital show that a total of 226 people were suffering from dengue were admitted from January1, 2017 until now but there has been no deaths.

Similarly, in the last 15 days, 158 cases of chikungunya have been reported. Health department figures show that from January 1 until now a total of 1,083 cases have been reported and there has been no death.

There has been decline in the number of cases of malaria from January 1, 2017 to October 21, a total of 8,294 cases were reported out of which 306 cases were of plasmodium falciparum compared to the 9,400 cases of malaria, including 596 plasmodium falciparum during the same period last year.

The number of cases of H1N1 or swine flu has witnessed a decline in the last 10 days with 55 cases being reported and three deaths.

Health department data show that out the 9,483 throat swap sample of people with symptoms of the H1N1 viral infection taken from January 1, 2017 until now out of which 2,962 were found to be positive and 218 people have died in the state.

To detect H1N1, the department is focussing on proper screening of people with symptoms of the viral infection and there is no shortage of medicine, said Mathur.

“Medicines are available in sufficient quantity for malaria, dengue and chikungunya and department is focussing on anti-larvae and fogging activities,” he said.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 19:35 IST