GANDHINAGAR: In four weeks, dengue and dengue suspected cases in state have multiplied menacingly hinting that anti-vector measures are falling far short of expectations. If this trend continues further, the infection may turn into a public emergency.
Between August 26 and September 29, lab-confirmed dengue numbers have headed northwards — from 581 cases in the week from August 26 to September 2 to 1,659 between September 23 and September 29.
What is more startling are the number of suspected dengue cases. These numbers climbed from 2,291 to 4,919 in the last week of September. “These numbers do not include reports from private hospitals across districts in the state,” says a senior state health official.
In the last week of September , there was a 35% rise in dengue cases over the previous week, while there has been a 36% rise in chikungunya cases. Cities have emerged as pacemakers for dengue with Ahmedabad, Jamnagar and Vadodara showing maximum registered dengue cases.
Ahmedabad city has registered 522 dengue cases in the last week of September followed by 206 cases in Jamnagar and 128 cases in Vadodara.
“There are more dengue cases detected in cities as more blood samples are taken,” said a state health official. Cases have also risen in Dangs, Dahod, Anand and Nadiad. Dengue cases in Rajkot, Jamnagar and Junagadh are increasing rapidly, according to district health data. Rajkot (rural) for instance recorded more than 200 cases since July, out of which 117 cases were reported in September and October only.
At the same time within Rajkot municipal limits, 245 dengue cases were reported in September and October alone. According to sources three people have died from dengue in Rajkot city, though the RMC authorities have confirmed only one death in this season.
In Jamnagar a total of 595 dengue cases were reported in last two months till Friday, of which 270 cases were reported in the first 11 days of October itself.
In all, five people have died from dengue since July in Jamnagar city, while the entire district have reported more than 100 positive cases in last two months. According to sources, Junagadh has also reported nearly 400 dengue positive cases till Monday.