No announcement yet.

2009 Dengue cases

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 2009 Dengue cases


    One dies of dengue
    14 May 2009, 2301 hrs IST, M B Maramkal, TNN

    MYSORE: Viral fever dengue has taken its first toll. PU college lecturer G Madhukar, a resident of Hootgalli, died at the city's BGS-Apollo
    private hospital on Thursday night.

    It was said that Madhukar, who did his election duty as a polling officer in Hassan district on April 30 returned home complaining of headache and fever. He was admitted to a private nursing home in the city. Later he was shifted to NIMHANS, Bangalore. When he failed to respond to the treatment he was brought back to the city and admitted to BGS- Apollo hospital after a brief treatment at another high tech private hospital in the city. It was revealed that many residents of Hootgalli extension and from nearby villages are suffering from the disease. Even lecturer's mother is also suffering from fever, a resident said, accusing the authorities of not taking up quarantine measures.

    The health officials appear to be involved in deciphering the technicalities connected with the pathology of the disease. Though the doctors of the BGS-Apollo hospital confirmed it to be dengue fever, DHO Dr Raju suspected the pathological tests. "BGS- Apollo hospital authorities have carried out "rapid test" on blood samples of the patient to establish the disease, but some times this test gives false-positive reports," he said claiming that only through "elisa test" one can authenticate infection of dengue virus.

    However, doctor Harish Naik of BGS-Apollo hospital, who treated Madhukar, is cocksure about lecturer being infected with dengue virus. He told The Times of India that Madhukar died of `dengue hemorrhage and shocks. "One cannot deny the dengue fever as the symptoms showed by the teacher were typical to the advanced stages of the dengue fever," he said, adding that hemorrhage was so severe that doctors transfused 52 bottles of blood.

    The district health department seems to have woken up to the situation and claims to have taken up measures to check the disease. So far, five persons-- four from K R Nagar taluk and one from Nanjangud-- have been tested positive for the disease and nobody has died, DHO Dr Raju told The Times of India, adding on a single day they checked 980 persons from Hootgalli area. "Of the 980 people, 10 complained of high fever and their blood smears have been collected," he claimed, and said they have also collected blood samples of three persons including the lecturer's mother. "We will send the blood samples to Bangalore and after receiving the report we can authentically say whether they are afflicted with the dengue or not," he said. "We have stepped up vigil in the district and keeping an eye on the people suffering from high fever and collecting their blood smears," Dr Raju said.

    Symptoms of Dengue:

    High fever, sudden on set of severe head ache , muscle and joint pains, myalgias(muscle pain) and arthralgias(joint pain) , rashes .

    Agents which spread this dengue virus: Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopicpus mosquitoes .
    Treatment: Symptomatic treatment .

    Precautionary measures: Protect yourself from mosquito bites and quarantine measures like killing mosquito eggs and larvae through spray of pesticides.

  • #2
    Re: 2009 Dengue cases



    Mysore, May 16 (KK&DM)- Dengue fever has caused a scare among the residents of Hootagalli on the outskirts of the city with the Aedes mosquito menace in the area.

    The death of Hootagalli resident G. Madhukar has heightened the concern of the residents. In this backdrop, several teams of doctors carried out door-to-door check for the disease on Thursday in Hootagalli, which has 980 houses with a population of 6000.

    Teams of Doctors and Medical Assistants toured the entire locality and discovered that the open water tanks in six houses were breeding places of Aedes mosquitoes, which are responsible for dengue fever.

    The doctors later instructed the public to clean up the water tanks.

    During the inspection, more than 10 fever cases were detected, following which blood samples were taken and sent to National Institute of Virology in Bangalore.

    In addition, three blood samples of suspected cases too have been sent, informed the District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr. V. Raju, who spoke to Star of Mysore. The Health Department personnel carried out spraying operations.

    George Sammuel, a resident of SRS Layout in Hootagalli, who was suffering from fever on April 27, was admitted to B.M Hospital where he recovered.

    It has been reported that a boy named Vinay, a resident of the same locality, too was treated in Ashwini Clinic for dengue fever.

    Venkatalakshmamma, 55, the mother of the deceased G. Madhukar, too has been admitted to Kamakshi Hospital.

    District Health Officer Dr. V. Raju, Taluk Health Officer Dr. Prasad and Dr. Nagaraj were part of the medical teams.

    DHO clarifies

    District Health Officer Dr. V. Raju has clarified that there is no threat of dengue fever in the city.

    Lecturer G. Madhukar's death was not only due to dengue fever but jaundice as well and the report issued by the hospital which treated him, had proved it.

    Three blood samples of Hootagalli residents have been sent to Bangalore for viral test and the report will be available in 2 to 3 days, he said adding that all precautionary measures have been taken to check the spread of the disease.


    • #3
      Re: 2009 Dengue cases


      Dengue, Chikungunya threat: Health dept sounds warning bell
      27 May 2009, 2246 hrs IST, TNN

      MYSORE: In a bid to prevent dengue and Chikungunya fever, district health officials have urged residents to take precautions following positive
      cases being reported in parts of the district. They are taking measures to suppress the fever outbreak by creating awareness.

      DHO Dr Raju informed residents that both diseases are mosquito*borne and emphasized on the importance of eliminating all sources of standing water that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. "We need to take precautions to contain spread of the fever, and the district health office has chalked out various programmes to tackle it,'' he stated.

      To a query, the DHO said 3 cases of Chikungunya ? two in K R Nagar and one in Nanjangud ? and 7 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the district. Health workers have been directed to create awareness about hygiene and cleanliness particularly at vulnerable places to keep these diseases under check.

      According to health officials, severe joint pain, high fever, insomnia, headache
      , muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and pain behind the eyes are the symptoms of the fever.

      Health officials have asked the public to take following precautionary measures:
      * Regularly clean water storage containers
      * Keep surroundings clean and improve sanitation measures
      * Cover water containers in the house to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs
      * Use commercially available repellents to keep mosquitoes away
      * Use mosquito nets to protect children


      • #4
        Re: 2009 Dengue cases


        Girl dies of dengue
        30 May 2009, 2250 hrs IST, TNN

        HUBLI: The deadly dengue took its first toll in the district on Saturday. The victim, identified as Saraswati Pujar (12) of Belagali village near
        here, was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago following high fever.

        The hospital sources and district health officials have confirmed that Saraswati had died due to dengue.
        Health department sources said that those who have been admitted to various hospitals in Dharwad district complaining high fever will be tested for dengue. They said that the department is taking precautionary measures to curb the spread of the disease.


        • #5
          Re: 2009 Dengue cases


          Dengue claims 11th victim in 6 months
          7 Jun 2009, 0249 hrs IST, TNN

          BANGALORE: Ten-year-old Prajwal, a resident of Kurubarahalli, near Mahalakshmi Layout, succumbed to dengue on Saturday. He is the 11th person to fall to the disease in six months. Prajwal, who had fever for a week, was shifted to MS Ramaiah Hospital after tests revealed it was dengue.

          BBMP chief health officer L T Gayathri said the boy had recently been to places prone to dengue and chikungunya. "We have intensified precautionary measures and disease screening in area."

          Dengue is caused by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses.


          • #6
            Re: 2009 Dengue cases


            Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:58:40 AM (IST)

            Puttur: Dengue Raises its Ugly Head again in Taluk
            Daijiworld Media Network - Puttur (SP)

            Puttur, Jun 20: In addition to the widely prevalent viral fever, suspected dengue cases are increasingly being reported from the rural belts of the taluk. While the doctors have been insisting that several cases referred to them have not yet been established as dengue and have advised people not to unduly worry about the spread of this fever, people continue to be apprehensive.

            Sources said, eight from Puttur hospitals and 15 who were being treated at Uppinangady hospital are suffering from suspected dengue. Out of them, eight cases have already been confirmed as dengue. All the patients are recovering.

            Locals suspect, that Jacinta Rebello (42) from Nekkiladi village in the taluk, who breathed her last in a hospital in Mangalore on Friday June 19 because of fever, had died of dengue. After suffering from fever, she had initially been admitted into Puttur hospital before being shifted to Mangalore. District health officer Dr Jagannath said, the cause of her death can be confirmed only after the receipt of blood test report.

            There had been only one doctor at Uppinangady government hospital in the past. Recently, the district health department has appointed another doctor on contract basis additionally. The people are not willing to fully rely on the repeated assertion of the health department that the fever now widely prevalent in Uppinangady and surrounding villages is not dengue, as the department has fumbled last year by failing to diagnose chikungunya during the last year.

            Dr Jagannath, who visited Puttur on Friday June 19, left instructions with the health officials, the measures needed to be undertaken to stop the spread of the viral and dengue fever in their jurisdiction. He told the reporters that the blood tests in case of suspected dengue cases are being conducted in the laboratory of the department in Mangalore and additional tests wherever necessary, are being conducted at Bangalore.


            • #7
              Re: 2009 Dengue cases


              Mangalore June 20: Out of the 18 blood samples sent for test from Uppinangady and Puttur limits in Dakshina Kannada districts for dengue fever, 8 have been tested positive, said District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Jagannath.

              Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said all the blood samples will be sent again to Bangalore for re-confirmation.

              Meanwhile, a woman who was suffering from fever breathed her last on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Jacintha Rebello (38), a resident of Bolanthila in 34-Nekkiladi in Uppinangady.

              However, Dr Jagannath said that the reason for the womans death is yet to be ascertained. The woman was also suffering from high diabetes and hypertension when she was admitted in the hospital for fever on Tuesday, he said.

              Jacintha was shifted from Puttur hospital to Mangalore on Wednesday as per the doctors advice. On the following day, she was discharged. However, on Friday, she breathed her last in her home.

              At the same time, the cases of fever have been on the rise in Uppinangady and Puttur region. It may be recalled that last year during this time, chikungunya had struck the district and hundreds of people suffered from the fever for over two months.


              • #8
                Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:15:19 AM (IST)
                Mangalore: Dengue Threat - 241 Fever Cases on Single Day in Beltangady Taluk

                Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SP)

                Mangalore, Jun 25: Beltangady taluk health officer Dr Ravindranath has said, that the survey undertaken to detect suspected dengue cases in the taluk, has found 241 cases of fever on the first day. He was addressing a consultative meeting held to stop the spread of dengue fever, at the taluk health centre in Beltangady on Wednesday June 24.

                "21 blood samples have been sent to the district laboratory, where they will be checked for the presence of the virus that spreads by the byte of aedes aegypti mosquito. He explained that pamphlets have been printed to spread awareness about dengue fever and steps needed to check it. 10,000 pamphlets have also been supplied by Nagarika Seva
                Trust free of cost, he said.

                Puttur assistant commissioner Dr K Harish Kumar, addressing a meeting of Puttur taluk level meeting held on Wednesday at Puttur, said that a work force at the taluk level under the presidentship of the tahsildar has been formed to regulate viral fever and suspected dengue cases. "The district administration will take cases of any deaths out of dengue very seriously," he warned. He explained about various steps being undertaken to spread awareness about this fever.

                In the meanwhile, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has promised, that the Dakshina Kannada district administration will be extending all support required for pressing mobile health units into service in the affected villages, besides providing vehicles and resources. He warned that if the officials show the apathy they had shown when chikungunya had spread in Sullia, Beltangady taluks besides other parts of the district last year, they will face dire consequences.


                • #9
                  Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                  Wednesday, July 01, 2009 4:55:26 PM (IST)
                  Puttur: Dengue ? Two Deaths in District So Far

                  Daijiworld Media Network ? Puttur (SB)

                  Puttur, Jul 1: District in-charge minister J Krishna Palemar said that 53 cases of dengue have been reported from Dakshina Kannada district with the epidemic claiming two lives so far.

                  Speaking to media persons, Palemar said that the district administration has taken several precautionary measures including work force to control dengue. The highest number of dengue cases have bee reported from Beltangady taluk in the district, he said.

                  Further, district administration has been ordered to take all precautionary measures to effectively handle the situation if a flood-like situation arises with incessant and continuous rainfall in the future, said Palemar.


                  • #10
                    Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                    Thursday, July 02, 2009 12:48:00 PM (IST)
                    Mangalore: Fast-spreading Dengue Creates Panic among Populace

                    Mangalore: Fast-spreading Dengue Creates Panic among Populace

                    from Divvy Kant Upadhyay
                    Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (GA)

                    Mangalore, Jul 2: Dengue is considered the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans which has become a major international public health concern in recent years. It has been globally reported that most urban areas in the tropical climate region have exhibited hyperendmicity in relation to Dengue.

                    Recently 27 people tested positive for Dengue in the DK district and adding all figures since May the number crosses 50. But physicians and microbiologists would agree that the actual number of cases could be much higher as results reported by private labs may not necessarily reach the final list declared by the district health authorities.

                    Dengue isn?t new to this area. The department of medicine at Kastutba Medical college in Mangalore had reported the dengue outbreak in the district 16 years ago. The paper which was published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1995 said that an epidemic of an illness with main features of high fever and bleeding episodes occurred in certain parts of Mangalore city in last week of July 1993. The epidemic reached its peak by mid-August and then started declining. Sporadic cases, however, continued to occur till early December. About 200 cases were reported covering all age groups and both sexes.

                    Since this epidemic, it is generally accepted that till the year 2000, Dengue did not show up in a significant form. But since 2000, doctors have noticed a cyclical occurrence. This year too, the pattern seems similar. With weak monsoons and intermittent rains, stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes in June. Peaks of Dengue cases are noticed in the months of June, early July and then mid or late August.

                    In most cases clinical diagnosis of Dengue is supported by a virological test. The human body?s defence mechanism produces antibodies to fight pathogens that cause infection. In the case of Dengue too, specific IgM antibodies are produced by the body. The ?tests? that are sent to ?labs? in Dengue suspected cases are to detect these dengue-specific IgM antibodies. Their presence in the blood indicates Dengue infection.

                    Transmitted by the Aedes aegytpi mosquito, there are four distinct, but closely related sub-types of the virus that causes dengue (In the 1993 outbreak five strains of dengue (DEN-2) virus were recovered from the blood tests done on patients). Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that sub-type but confers only partial and transient protection against subsequent infection by the other three. There is good evidence that sequential infection increases the risk of more serious disease resulting in Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever ? a fatal condition requiring emergency transfusion of platelets.

                    It is believed that Chikungunya fever is also spread by the bite of the mosquito that is responsible for spreading Dengue. According to Virologist at KMC Manipal, Dr Arun Kumar, interestingly it has been noticed that dengue cases are not seen when Chikungunya cases are on the rise and perhaps even the vice-versa may hold true. He feels a lot of cases are annually reported from areas like Shimoga, Davangare, Sullia, Puttur and Mangalore.

                    Currently vector control promoting behavioral change at individual, household and community levels to improve prevention and control is the key to stop Dengue from spreading. District Health authorities and the public themselves may have to implement strict vector-control programs to stop mosquitoes from breeding. Most common places that have to be checked are water tanks, water coolers, flower and small plant pots in and around the household, empty coconut shells and garbage dump-yards. Dengue is generally treated symptomatically and there is no proven medicinal cure. Doctors believe drugs like Aspirin and Brufen, used for pain relief are to be avoided as they could complicate the case.

                    Box Item -
                    Dengue infected patients generally present with fever, muscular and joint pain across the body and headache. Small bleeding spots in the mouth, magenta coloured tongue with central coating, skin rash and facial flush maybe observed as classical signs.


                    • #11
                      Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                      Friday, July 03, 2009 8:38:14 AM (IST)
                      Puttur: Suspected Dengue claims Another Life

                      Daijiworld Media Network - Puttur (SP)

                      Puttur, Jul 3: Taniappa Kulal (44), a resident of Sediyapu in Kodimbady village in the taluk, died in a Mangalore hospital on Thursday July 2 of suspected dengue. He had been working as an auto rickshaw driver here, since the last 20 years.

                      Initially, he had been treated in a private hospital here. As his fever symptoms did not subside even after a week, he had been referred to Mangalore for advanced treatment. His family members believe, his death was caused due to dengue. With this, dengue has claimed two lives in the taluk.

                      In the meanwhile, a special counter has been opened at the local government hospital, specifically for catering to the patients with dengue symptoms, as per the instructions of the assistant commissioner here. The counter is at present, managed by a doctor for conducting medical check up of the patients who register themselves and a nurse. Blood samples of the patients suspected to have contracted the disease, are being sent to the district health laboratory.

                      Out of 170 blood samples sent so far to the district headquarters from this government hospital, four have been diagnosed with dengue. Out of 369 samples sent for malarial test, six samples have turned positive.

                      From Uppinangady primary health centre limits, eight dengue cases have so far been reported and seven have since recovered.


                      • #12
                        Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                        Now, Bangalore battles 'dengue shock syndrome'
                        Rashmi Menon, Bangalore:

                        Already challenged by a rising swine-flu threat, the State health department is now having to battle a resurgent dengue menace. Lurking to strike hard is the dengue shock syndrome (DSS), which has claimed one life so far. No less than 24 cases have been reported in just two weeks at a single hospital.

                        Patients diagnosed with DSS have been admitted to the emergency ward of Manipal Hospital here. Of these, eight have been admitted to the ICU where one dengue-related death has taken place.

                        For one of the patients, Zakir Ahmed, what seemed like a common flu turned to be a near-fatal experience. The 14-year-old, who developed fever 10 days ago, is now recuperating from brain fever and badly infected liver and kidneys.

                        Ahmed contracted DSS, which was detected barely three days after he had fever. ?The doctor got him admitted to hospital immediately. So we took him to Shifa Hospital,? Zakir?s father Shabbir Ahmed said. However, within two days his condition worsened as he was struck down with brain fever. Zakir?s parents then shifted him to Manipal Hospital.
                        Dr Meera Ramakrishnan, a paediatrician, said the disease can affect children between 8 months and 16 years of age. The symptoms are quite vague and unspecific. ?Cough, fever, and abdominal pain are some of the common symptoms. Usually, a majority of the cases are not severe but if the child?s haemoglobin level is high and the platelet count is low, then the child should immediately be admitted to hospital,? says Dr Ramakrishnan.
                        The disease is contracted more during monsoon ? May to September ? with July and August being the period when the virus is most virulent.

                        Patients who contract a milder version can recover within three to four days of medication. However, it has been observed that patients with a more severe strain of the virus take nearly two weeks of intensive treatment to recover. It is during this time that there is the danger of death. ?A boy didn?t survive even though we struggled for 36 hours.?

                        Another paediatric ICU consultant, Dr Gnanan, says that in the last two to three years dengue has been affecting the liver severely. The nature of DSS is such that it causes haemorrhage.
                        Liver is responsible for blood clotting. If it gets damaged, it will be difficult for blood to clot, resulting in internal bleeding, the doctor explained.

                        She says that parents need worry only if, after four days of fever, they notice the child showing lethargy, blotches on the hands, intense abdominal pain, higher frequency of thirst, respiratory difficulty, skin turning blue and limbs turning cold. Dr Ramakrishnan stressed that ?dengue is caused by aedes mosquito which can bite any time of the day.?

                        DH News Service


                        • #13
                          Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                          A six-year-old had died two weeks ago
                          Students down with dengue, chikungunya
                          Bangalore,DH News Service:

                          About 60 of the 420 students in a school in Lingarajapuram are reportedly down with ailments, including dengue, chikungunya and viral fever.

                          Worried by this, the school authorities have organised a public awareness camp on Saturday, where the agenda includes demonstration of an experiment to prevent mosquito bites.

                          The Divya Shanthi School authorities informed Deccan Herald that one of its students, a six-year-old boy Leo Patrick, had even died due to chikungunya two weeks ago at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health Hospital. The hospital, however, denied any such death due to chikungunya.

                          On the mosquito control experiment, Colleen Samuel, founder director of Divya Shanti Trust, which runs the school, said: ?We saw this experiment done by a primary student in Taiwan on the internet. So, we thought why not try it. We use sugar water and fresh yeast in old soda bottles, cover it with black paper and put it upside down in the classrooms. It may be because of the yeast but mosquitoes get attracted to it and we have found flies and spider too.?

                          The school?s surrounding has turned a breeding ground for mosquitoes. ?A major problem is collection of garbage. Although, the municipal vehicle comes to collect the garbage, it dumps the waste nearby which is not cleared for nearly two weeks. In fact, the worst affected areas are Gowthampuram near Nagavara and Lingarajapuram, where at least two to three people from each family are suffering from fever. So we are facing an emergency situation here,? she revealed.

                          Apart from visiting Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, many were consulting local doctors, who don?t even advice them to do blood test. This was why a basic awareness camp was necessary, she said.

                          When contacted, the ward?s health official said, ?We began fogging the area since March and have conducted more than 10 medical camps. However, I feel the mosquito breeding in the area is more due to the construction activity.?

                          He said there was a spurt in viral fever cases but there were only suspected cases of dengue and chikungunya. ?We have to collect the samples and then only we can say something. As far as I know, the dumping of garbage in the area is nowhere related to these diseases,? he said.


                          • #14
                            Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                            Break bone fever rages in city
                            Nirmala M Nagaraj, TNN 15 July 2009, 03:43am IST

                            BANGALORE: For some time now, doctors in Bangalore suspected there was a new virus in Bangalore?s air. Now, they?re certain that break bone
                            fever, better known as dengue, is raging across the city. Even a viral fever is now accompanied by severe joint pain lasting for nearly a week. Doctors are forced to admit into hospitals those patients with symptoms of fever for a day or two and put them on intravenous fluids.

                            As a consequence, outpatient departments in government hospitals are crowded and private hospitals are seeing an average of 40 patients every day. Doctors says the sudden outbreak of viral fever has been triggered by many factors ? weather change, increasing mosquito menace and unhygienic civic conditions in many pockets of the city.

                            Dr K R Shivaprasad, senior physician, K C General Hospital, says the viral fever outbreak in 2006 was worse compared to this year?s problem. ?We treat more than 80 viral fever patients, with hundreds of chikungunya and significant number of dengue patients,? he said. Manipal hospital infectious disease consultant, Dr Purnima Parthasarathy, pointed out: ?This year, we are seeing more number of patients with break bone fever symptoms and the main cause for this epidemic is lack of hygiene leading to breeding of mosquitoes in several areas,?? she added.


                            • #15
                              Re: 2009 Dengue cases


                              1,212 confirmed Chikungunya cases in Karnataka

                              Bangalore (PTI): As many as 1,212 confirmed Chikungunya cases were reported in Karnataka from January onwards, Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu said on Thursday.

                              From January to July, a total of 13,073 suspected cases of Chikunguya were reported, and of them, 1,212 were confirmed by labs, he said in the Legislative Assembly in response to a question from Bandeppa Kashampur (JDS).

                              Stating that the number of Chikungunya cases is on the rise in Bangalore, the Minister listed the various measures being taken here and in other parts of the state as a precaution and to control it.