Via The Indian Express: Gujarat sees multifold rise in cases of dengue, chikungunya. Excerpt:
Mosquitoes seem to be wreaking havoc in Gujarat. Be it malaria, dengue or chikungunya, there has been an alarming spike in the number of vector-borne diseases reported in the state since 2008.
"Between August and September this year, there has been a four-fold increase in dengue cases, compared to the same period last year," said Dr Vihang Mazumdar, head of Baroda Medical College, who was one of the speakers at a conference organised by Gujarat's Health and Family Welfare Department on Tuesday.
In 2012, there were around 10,000 dengue cases. This rose by about 48 percent to over 19,000 cases in October. "Compared to six deaths due to dengue last year, the numbers rose to 12 in 2013," Mazumdar said while speaking on the diseases that were prevalent in Gujarat.
Quoting government figures, the official said the number of chikungunya has risen 16-fold in Gujarat since 2008. "There were just 53 cases in 2008. This has risen to 847 cases (till October 2013) this year," Mazumdar said.
The health expert from Vadodara also pointed out that the cases of malaria also increased by about 34% as compared to the cases registered in 2008. "The cases increased from 50,884 cases in 2008 to 76,246 cases in 2012," he told a gathering of doctors and experts from the health sector.
"These numbers are, however, only a fraction of the actual number of cases as most of the cases related to vector-borne diseases that go to private hospitals are not reported," Mazumdar remarked, adding that the actual numbers would be 4-5 times of the reported figures.