Mangaluru, Oct 25, 2019: There is likely to be increase in dengue cases in the district and the ongoing preventive measures should be stepped up vigorously as there are chances of dengue showing a surge due to the unseasonal rains, experts have warned.
Activists state that the present weather favours mosquito breeding, owing to stagnation of water. As per popular belief, methods such as fogging will not serve enough in controlling mosquito population. The mosquito breeding places should be essentially eliminated.
District vector-borne disease cell said that at least 1,300 dengue cases were recorded between January and September this year. Senior physicians said that the dengue cases had considerably decreased in the district but, now have escalated due to weather.
Such diseases is not under total control. The district administration should continue the preventive measures initiated under as per guidence given. The malaria control programmes should be carried out on a continuous basis till eliminated.
If anyone suffers from fever, they should get their blood samples tested at the nearest government health centres in order to rule out attack of dengue or malaria it is stressed. Smear tests done at the government hospitals is the best method to detect malaria.
This year, many malaria cases were reported between January and September. Out of these, 1,902 cases were found in the City Corporation limits alone. The officials further stated that mosquito breeding sites were found in large numbers in Bunder, Beebi Alabi Road and Central Market areas. The Health department has taken measures to destroy the mosquito breeding sites, he said.
People also should destroy the mosquito breeding sites which come to their attention regularly all over the city.