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Rajasthan dengue cases reach highest toll to 2,136

by RajasthanDirect
Oct 25, 2013

Rajasthan is witnessing a spurt in dengue cases with at least 2,136 persons already been tested positive for the disease this year. This is the highest figure in the past seven years and has surpassed the figure of 2010 when 1,823 persons were tested positive.

The health department has put the blame on the weather. “The rain started early this year and it continued till October, creating a breeding ground for Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. Our teams are constantly carrying out activities to check the spread of dengue,” said a health official.

In fact, in the past seven years, the dengue cases never touched 2000-mark. In 2007, there were only 540 cases which rose to 682 in 2008. In 2009, there were 1,389 cases which rose to 1,823 cases in 2010. However, in 2011, it came down to 1,072 cases but started constantly increasing as in 2012, there were 1,295 cases which reached 2,136 cases so far this year.

The health officials said in comparison to Delhi, the figures here are much less as over 4,000 cases have already been reported in Delhi. The officials now hope that after Diwali, it may come down with fall in temperature. In SMS hospital, over 354 persons have been provided treatment for the disease. SMS hospital additional superintendent Dr Ajeet Singh said on Wednesday 22 persons who were brought to the hospital were suffering from dengue. On Thursday, 21 were tested positive. “Since the temperature was fluctuating in the past one month, people did not stop using desert coolers and it is where the dengue mosquito breeds,” he said.

src: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/2136-dengue-cases-in-Rajasthan-so-far-highest-since-2007/articleshow/24687306.cms

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