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Rise in malaria, dengue, chikungunya cases

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HYDERABAD: The present climate in the capital and other parts of the State is known to trigger cases of malaria, dengue and chikungunya. The capital has already registered 142 cases of malaria till June, one unconfirmed case of dengue and four confirmed cases of chikungunya from districts.

Despite the threat of a surge in cases of these ailments during monsoons, doctors maintain that they are preventable.

A few changes in the lifestyle, surroundings and easy precautions should be taken to avoid these ailments during the upcoming rainy season, general physicians suggest.

All the three ailments are vector-borne and are linked with mosquito control measures. “Mosquitoes could be hidden and breeding in your air-conditioners, coolers, flower pots, vases, discarded tyres and even utensils in the kitchen. Families with children must be cautions because dengue could sometimes be life threatening,” said District Medical Officer, Hyderabad, Dr. B.L. Veena Kumari.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection and has symptoms like abrupt onset of high fever, sever headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains and rashes. Infants and young children may have high fever and rashes due to dengue.

Doctors maintained that dengue and chikungunya have almost the same symptoms.

“The only major difference is chikungunya patients suffer from severe pain of joints. Public should be wary of mosquitoes because dengue hemorrhagic fever could be fatal. Malaria and chikungunya can be managed,” says DMO Ranga Reddy, Dr. Ch. Jaya Kumari.

General physicians also point out that lifestyle changes is a key factor for prevention. “These ailments are not confined anymore to slums. They are all pervading and families should make it a point to observe dry day at least once in a week.

They should empty everything that holds water on that day,” doctors suggest.

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