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Thursday, June 24, 2010

India : Dengue, chikungunya cases on the rise in City

Via Deccan Herald, another set of diseases which India fights with, excerpt :

" The rainy season has not only shown the lack of preparedness by civic agencies, but has also led to new mosquito related health outbreaks in the City.

The State Health Department has reported 251 dengue cases and 310 chikungunya cases this year from January to June.The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) alone has recorded 112 dengue and 41 chikungunya cases with more than 50 cases being reported from Bangalore East region mainly Shivajinagar, Neelasandra, Mahadevapura and Byatarayanapura.

Dr L T Gayatri, Chief Health officer (CHO), for the BBMP Health Department blames the BWSSB for its erratic water supply, which has caused the outbreak.

"Water is supplied once in a week in many parts of the City and residents normally store water in their houses. Stored water in any container is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which has caused an increase in the number of dengue cases," she says.

She said that despite conducting many health programmes and creating awareness among people they have been very careless in keeping their surroundings clean. "Whenever our health workers visited homes, many residents have chided them and told them that the outbreak has happened because of BBMP," she added."

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