Dengue cases: Karnataka sees 84% rise in 2 months | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka has seen a spike in dengue cases in the past two months. While it witnessed 2,987 cases till September 15 this year, 2,516 more were recorded till November 17. The 84% increase is due to untimely rain giving rise to mosquito breeding, say doctors.
The state also reported the year’s first dengue deaths, five, on October 21.

Since the beginning of November, Karnataka has seen 441 new cases. However, there has been no death so far this month. “Incessant rain and water stagnation in pits and dug-up areas lead to breeding of mosquitoes,” said Dr Ramesh K Kaulgud, joint director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), state health and family welfare department.
Of the five patients who died, two were from Ramanagara and one each from Chamarajanagar, Dakshina Kannada and Belagavi.
More than one lakh people with symptoms of dengue underwent testing in the state in 2021; 40% of the tests were done in Bengaluru alone.
As per data with the health department, Bengaluru has seen 1,038 cases this year and accounts for 19% of the state’s total dengue burden. From November 1 to17, 110 persons in Bengaluru tested positive for the infection.
After Bengaluru, the highest number of cases have been reported from Shivamogga (393), Kalaburagi (386), Udupi (312), Koppal (278).
However, there are discrepancies in the data of the state NVBDCP and that of BBMP. As per Palike figures, there were 1,051 cases of dengue in the city from January to to November 11.

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