3500 cases of dengue fever have been reported from Jan till May 15 this year.

Fever grips Kerala 68 deaths reported Thiruvananthapuram worst hit with 2214 dengue cases
news Health Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 18:48

Kerala is in the middle of another fever season. While dengue has seen maximum number of cases, Thiruvananthapuram is the worst hit.

Till the middle of May this year, 68 persons have died of fever in the state. According to data provided by Directorate of Health Services (DHS) on Saturday, the number of fever cases reported were 9549, among which 1173 were from Thiruvananthapuram. A total of 332 dengue fever cases were also reported. Dengue cases reported from Thiruvananthapuram stood at 171.

On Friday, the corresponding figures in the state for fever and dengue were 9180 and 344 respectively whereas for Thiruvananthapuram, they were 1694 and 105.   


On Thursday, as many as 8192 cases of fever were reported from across the state. Among these, 1479 cases were reported from Thiruvanathapuram alone. 

On the same day, 198 confirmed cases of dengue were reported in Thiruvananthapuram out of a total number of 395 cases. On Saturday, number of fever cases reported were 9549, among which 1173 were from Thiruvananthapuram. 

171 dengue cases were reported from Thiruvananthapuram. On Friday, the corresponding figures in the state were 9180 and 344 whereas for Thiruvananthapuram, they were 1694 and 105. Among the 99 confirmed dengue cases reported on Wednesday, 51 were from Thiruvananthapuram.

As per the data from January to May 15 this year, as many as 3500 cases of dengue fever and five dengue deaths were reported in the state. A total of 2214 dengue cases were reported in Thiruvananthapuram, of which three were fatal.

HINI was confirmed in 487 persons till the middle of this month out of which 36 persons died. Rat fever was confirmed in 474 people and it claimed six lives.

In General Hospital Thiruvananthapuram, one of the prime government medical care institutions in the district, 44 people were affected with fever including 25 house surgeons. 

One of the hospital staff died of dengue fever two days ago. As per the data, as many as 775 people died of fever from 2011 to 2016.

While chicken pox caused six deaths, diarrhea led to two deaths. As many as 472 rate fever cases were reported in the state of which six people died. 

Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan had visited the General Hospital on Tuesday to assess the situation. He said that dengue fever season is not over yet- "The situation is not under control in Thiruvananthapuram, though it is so in the rest of the state."

Health experts have found circumstances that help breeding of aedes mosquito, as the reason for the increase in number of dengue fever cases.

“The breeding can happen in the water in a small glass or bottle which we throw carelessly in our premises. Also at homes, the trays under the fridge and the water stored continuously for days, turn out to be breeding places for mosquitos,” state epidemiologist Dr A Sukumaran told The News Minute.

He added, “Climate change may have affected the life circle of the mosquitos. We need to educate people, which is the solution to get the situation under control,” he added.

Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation mayor VK Prasanth in a statement blamed the health department for the lack of coordination that led to the situation. On Thursday, minister for Health KK Shylaja also visited the General Hospital and directed to clean the premises immediately. The minister also said that preventive measures will be strengthened. A dry day was observed on Friday in educational institutions in the state to control breeding of mosquitos and in all public sector institutions on Saturday. Preventive measures will be implemented for a week with people's participation. 

Pics: Sreekesh Raveendran Nair

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