Dengue fever scourge back with 530 cases in Karnataka – The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: Karnataka has reported 530 dengue fever cases in addition to 503 cases in BBMP alone this month amid relentless rains. The numbers are higher than last year’s figure of 341 cases within BBMP boundaries in July, according to state health department and BBMP sources. However, the state has yet to report any dengue deaths this year.

“Intermittent rains cause water stagnation resulting in increased dengue fever cases. We have intensified larval monitoring and control measures, house-to-house survey, awareness raising to prevent water stagnation” , said the special commissioner of the BBMP (Health), Dr Trilok Chandra.

Dr Basavaraj Kuntoji, Internal Medicine Consultant, Manipal Hospital, Malleswaram, said, “We are seeing around 5 to 8 suspected dengue cases in DPOs per day. And around three to five patients need to be hospitalized while one to two must be admitted to intensive care”.

Narayana Health City Internal Medicine Consultant Dr Mahesh Kumar said, “We are seeing 25-30 suspected cases of dengue every day, five to six of which are serious and require hospitalization.

Dr Vinay D, Infectious Diseases Consultant, Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, said: “Our unit alone has treated 50 cases of dengue in the last month. The number of probable dengue fever cases is three to four times higher than confirmed cases.

“The majority have symptoms such as fever, headache, marked fatigue, eye pain, usually behind the eyes, loss of appetite. Patients and physicians should be wary of these warning signs, including abdominal pain, vomiting, non-itchy rashes and a drop in platelet count, which can indicate complications from dengue,” he said.

There are cases in children and middle-aged people between the ages of 20 and 50, exposed to mosquito bites in schools and workplaces respectively, doctors said.

BENGALURU: Karnataka has reported 530 dengue fever cases in addition to 503 cases in BBMP alone this month amid relentless rains. The numbers are higher than last year’s figure of 341 cases within BBMP boundaries in July, according to state health department and BBMP sources. However, the state has yet to report any dengue deaths this year. “Intermittent rains cause water stagnation resulting in increased dengue fever cases. We have intensified larval monitoring and control measures, house-to-house survey, awareness raising to prevent water stagnation” , said the special commissioner of the BBMP (Health), Dr Trilok Chandra. Dr Basavaraj Kuntoji, Internal Medicine Consultant, Manipal Hospital, Malleswaram, said, “We are seeing around 5 to 8 suspected dengue cases in DPOs per day. And around three to five patients need to be hospitalized while one to two must be admitted to intensive care”. Narayana Health City Internal Medicine Consultant Dr Mahesh Kumar said, “We are seeing 25-30 suspected cases of dengue every day, five to six of which are serious and require hospitalization. Dr Vinay D, Infectious Diseases Consultant, Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, said: “Our unit alone has treated 50 cases of dengue in the last month. The number of probable dengue fever cases is three to four times higher than confirmed cases. “The majority have symptoms such as fever, headache, marked fatigue, eye pain, usually behind the eyes, loss of appetite. Patients and physicians should be wary of these warning signs, including abdominal pain, vomiting, non-itchy rashes and a drop in the number of platelets, which can indicate complications of dengue,” he said.There are cases in children and middle-aged people between 20 and 50, exposed to mosquito bites in schools and workplaces respectively, doctors said.

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