April 20, 2024

Dengue kills over 30 people in Kerala, the highest in country

Dengue cases are rising across the country in India.

Kerala records the highest number of dengue cases in India. (file image)

Kerala has recorded the highest number of dengue cases and deaths in India this year. The state has reported over a thousand cases and more than 30 deaths in the country, as per the data updated till July 2023.

The high number of cases in Kerala is a cause for concern, and it is sending an alarm to other states to prepare for a possible outbreak. Other south Indian states, such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, have also reported a high number of cases.

In 2022, Punjab had the highest number of dengue deaths (41), followed by Uttar Pradesh (33), Bihar (32), West Bengal (30), and Kerala (29).

The data from the last six years shows that the number of dengue cases in India has been increasing every year. In 2018, there were over one lakh cases, and in 2022, the number of cases crossed two lakh.

Rising cases put more burden on the already stretched health facilities in the country where people find it difficult to get beds in government hospitals while private hospitals charge them a hefty amount owing to higher demands for beds when dengue cases are on the rise.

Reducing dengue transmission requires a coordinated effort from government authorities, healthcare providers, and the public to address the various factors that contribute to the high number of cases.

Below are some reasons why South Indian states see a high number of dengue cases.

Warm climate: The south Indian states have a warm and humid climate, which is ideal for the breeding of the Aedes mosquito, which is the vector for dengue.

Construction: Construction work on big infrastructure projects leads to the development of more mosquito-breeding habitats, such as stagnant water.

Poor sanitation: The south Indian states also have poor sanitation, which contributes to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

Climate change: Climate change is also a factor, as it is leading to longer and more intense monsoon seasons, which create ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.

Dengue Cases and Deaths in the Country 2023
StatesCasesDeaths
Andhra Pradesh27180
Arunachal Pradesh20
Assam17561
Bihar430
Chattisgarh620
Goa1140
Gujarat8761
Haryana1851
Himachal Pradesh680
J & K220
Jharkhand1390
Karnataka48050
Kerala660831
Lakshadweep1970
Madhya Pradesh4390
Meghalaya160
Maharashtra31640
Manipur1090
Mizoram3300
Nagaland670
Odisha8750
Punjab4630
Rajasthan10301
Sikkim1130
Tamil Nadu33091
Tripura970
Telangana9610
Uttar Pradesh4060
Uttrakhand1170
West BengalNRNR
A& N Island4190
Chandigarh130
Delhi9210
D&N Haveli780
Daman & Diu160
Puduchery9260
Total3146436
*Provisional till 31st July 2023                                          (Source: NCVBDC)  

Here are some of the things that you can do to prevent dengue:

  • Eliminate mosquito breeding places. This includes emptying water from containers, such as buckets, tires, and flower pots.
  • Cover water tanks and drums.
  • Repair leaking taps and pipes.
  • Keep your surroundings clean and tidy.
  • Use mosquito nets when sleeping.
  • Apply insect repellent on exposed skin.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
  • Get vaccinated against dengue.

If you think you have dengue, see a doctor immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent complications.

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