The District Health department in Khammam, Telangana is worried over the spurt in dengue cases, with 74 cases being recorded in October alone.
Ever since heavy rains lashed the state, there has been a spike in cases of malaria and dengue, authorities said.
The district has so far recorded 524 dengue cases this year with authorities claiming that there have been no fatalities.
Speaking to TNM, District Medical Health Officer (DMHO), A Kondal Rao, confirmed that they recorded 74 cases this month. He said, “We are working effectively and the screening procedures are being conducted thoroughly. Even if a patient comes with a minor fever, we are conducting screening to avoid any dengue deaths.”
The DMHO noted that the recent rainfall is the reason for the spike in dengue cases. He said that the rainfall leads to water stagnation and helps in breeding of mosquitoes.
“We are conducting regular sanitation programmes in all residential areas to prevent the outbreak of viral fever. Instructions on how to curb the breeding of mosquitoes have also been given. Due to effective steps taken by the administration, the dengue cases have reduced significantly. Last year, we recorded 1,400 cases,” Rao said.
Rao also said that the areas worst affected in the district over the last few weeks were Mudigonda, Maturipet, Nagulavancha and Bonkal.
Last year, the district saw as many as 23 deaths prompting the state government to bring in additional medical teams to handle the crisis.
Many succumbed due to dengue in Khammam. Following this, special medical teams from Hyderabad were rushed to the dengue- affected villages in the district.
Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, accompanied by acute pain in joints and muscles. Since it is caused by a virus, there are no specific medicines or antibiotics to treat the disease.
This comes just days after a national report released by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that the state has already suffered two dengue outbreaks.
The report published by the NCDC says that the outbreaks were recorded in Maturipet and Nagulavancha during August and September.
Recently, State Health Minister Dr C Laxma Reddy had said that there was no need to panic, as the Health department is well-equipped to handle the influx of patients.