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Monday, June 27, 2011

India : Dengue fear grips Dakshina Kannada

Article from Deccan Herald, this report has update on malaria and leptospirosis too :

" The number of persons affected by Dengue has gone up drastically in June in Dakshina Kannada district.

On June 23, two persons were found affected with Dengue. They are Soumya Sridhar from Moodabidri Kallbettupadau and Bijay from Shiradi Ichlampady in Puttur.

Likewise three cases have been suspected in Athur Kemral, 10 in Mulky, Two in Moodabidri and one in Belthangady. Mulky-Kinnigoli area has high rate of Malaria too. An official from the Health Department said that some of the suspected cases can be just Malaria and not Dengue.

During January 2011 to May end 30 cases of Dengue were identified. A six-month old child had died of Dengue in Mulky. There are no records with regard to number of cases identified in June.

Last year, around the same time Belthangady taluk was threatened by rat fever. But this year no cases of rat fever have been found. In Belthangady, two to three of every 10 patients complaining of fever end up being tested positive for Dengue.

Similarly two cases of Dengue were found in Badyar private hospital but the two have recovered after treatment. No cases of Dengue were reported from Belthangady in June.

Dengue is spread by mosquitoes, like Malaria. If right kind of treatment is given to the patient on right time, the patient can recover in four to five days. The patients have to take complete rest. If any person feels feverish and he/she should get themselves tested.


As many as 1,669 cases of malaria were registered in Dakshina Kannada district during January to May, 2011. Of this, 1,485 cases were found in Mangalore city. The number of malaria cases has reduced when compared to 2009-10 (January to May).

However 23 cases were found in Bantwal, 31 in Belthangady, six in Puttur and six in Sullia.

Rat fever claims one life

A person suffering from fever, died on Sunday and now it is suspected that the persons has died due to Rat Fever. The deceased is Prashanth (26), resident of Thodikana in Sullia taluk. Prashanth, son of Amechuru Krishnappa Poojary was a farmer. He had got admitted to the hospital complaining of high fever, two days ago."

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