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Monday, July 18, 2011

India : Disease-control steps being strengthened

Via The Hindu :

" The Health Department has directed its health supervisors to strengthen disease prevention and control activities at the field-level as viral fevers, including dengue and H1N1 cases, may go up as the monsoon intensifies.

The Director of Health Services (DHS) convened a meeting on Friday to review the epidemic situation in various districts. Diagnostic and treatment facilities and an adequate supply of drugs have been kept ready in hospitals and laboratories. Vector-control activities, including source reduction, fogging and spraying, and chlorination, are being carried out in all districts to check outbreaks of vector-borne and water-borne diseases.

Outbreak patterns

Health officials said the disease and outbreak patterns in the districts were the same as in every monsoon season. The situation in Alappuzha was under control. No more fresh cases of Japanese Encephalitis had been reported. Though 34 cases of H1N1 had been reported, it was not because the district was particularly vulnerable to the infection, rather as part of a survey, more samples had been sent for testing.

Only a few samples were being sent for testing from the districts. These were strictly for surveillance purpose as the virus was in circulation and community spread of the infection had been established."

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