India: Dengue deaths increase 34%

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 04, 2012 13:17 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 4 (IBNS) Dengue deaths in India have increased 34% approximately this year compared to 2011, said the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

"The percentage increase (aggregate) in number of cases and deaths between 2011 and 2012 (upto 26-11-2012) is approximately 97% and 34% respectively," said the ministry.

The reported number of dengue cases in 2012 (till Nov 26, 2012), as compared to 2011 have been more in 24 States/UTs namely Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, A&N Island, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Puducherry.

"However the reported number of deaths in 2012 as compared to the previous year has been higher in 12 states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, J&K, Karnataka, Kerela, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & D&N Haveli," said the ministry.

The ministry said there is no single reason attributable to increase of dengue cases.

It said dengue is an outbreak prone disease governed by various man-made and environmental factors, including unprecedented human population growth, unplanned and rapid urbanization, inadequate waste management, water supply mismanagement including water scarcity/interrupted supply, increased distribution and densities of vector mosquitoes due to man-made, ecological and lifestyle changes, gaps in public health infrastructure, increase mobility of population, and poor infrastructure in the states to monitor vector mosquito breeding.

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