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Monday, June 7, 2010

India : Fever, flu on the rise

Via The Hindu :

" Thiruvananthapuram: A spurt in seasonal viral fever and vector-borne infectious diseases has been reported from many parts of the State in the wake of the rain. Also, as public health experts have been warning, the lowering of temperature following the pre-monsoon and monsoon showers has led to a flare-up of Influenza A(H1N1) infection, with 60 cases being reported from various parts of the State in the past month.

Health officials said the increase in viral-fever cases during the rainy season was a seasonal phenomenon. However, the number of dengue-fever cases is going up at an alarming rate in Kottayam and Idukki, while Thiruvananthapuram district, which has always accounted for a chunk of the dengue-fever cases reported across the State, has been faring slightly better.

More than 1,200 cases of fever were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts in the past few days. Nine cases of dengue were confirmed in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, with the total number of cases in the district this year going over 400. Nine cases of dengue were confirmed from Thrissur on Sunday, while Pathanamthitta has had 28 cases in the past 35 days."

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