Mysore: Dengue is spreading alarmingly in Mysore with the district reporting 92 positive cases, including 30 in the city and seven deaths in just a month since July. The sudden rise in the disease is causing concern as only 132 positive cases and two deaths were reported over six months from January to July in the district.
Health experts blame the spurt in the disease on the delay in conducting awareness programmes and inadequate management of garbage by the authorities. Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Mysore Medical College, Dr Mudassir Azeez Khan, says as the dengue virus is very active this time of the year , the district is likely to see more cases till next month.
Pointing out that the Mysore City Corporation and the health department, which were supposed to create awareness about the disease in April and May before the monsoon set in, began doing so only after the first case of dengue was reported in D. Salundi in Mysore taluk, he said, “By then the epidemic had already broken out and since it has been raining on and off, the water collects in the garbage strewn around encouraging the breeding of mosquitoes.”
Going by District Health Officer, Dr S.M. Malegowda cases of dengue confirmed by the Igm Mac Elisa test have touched 224 so far this year with 70 reported from Mysore city alone. Of the 154 cases reported in Mysore rural, 38 are from Mysore taluk, 37 from T Narsipur, 30 from KR Nagar, 18 from HD Kote taluk, 13 each from Hunsur and Periyapatna, and five from Nanjangud, according to him.