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Delhi: Monsoon sees rise in malaria, dengue cases

Jul 12, 2012 01:40 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Less than a week after the monsoon hit the national capital, scores of cases of dengue and malaria have already been reported. More than 86 cases of Malaria and five cases of dengue have been reported, which is almost double the number of cases reported in 2011 till early July. But health authorities say there is no cause for alarm.

MCD Health Officer NK Yadav said, "There is increased surveillance and previously we were getting figures only from malaria clinics. Now this year, the National Institute of Malaria Research, we have added, so number of cases coming from that laboratory is added. But there is no need of any alarm, no cause of any alarm."

But Doctors advise caution and say it's not just malaria and dengue one needs to worry about.

Dr Sarika Chandra of the Internal Medicine department at Kailash Hospital said, "Water borne diseases like gastroenteritis, cholera, typhoid, jaundice also show an increase and for that basically the general community, the patients should take precaution."

Mumbai has reported only one-third of cases compared to 2011.

Here's what one can do to prevent the diseases:

- Do not store water or leave it uncovered, it leaves space for breeding.

- Boil your drinking water and avoid roadside food.

- Cover yourself properly, especially children, wear full hand shirts.

"Apart from that if any patient shows any signs and symptoms of fever or vomiting or loose motions or pain in the abdomen, then within 24 to 48 hours you can take your home treatment, you can take a paracetamol tablet or you can observe at home, but any fever for more than 48 hours not responding to any home treatment should be shown to a physician for a proper identification for proper treatment."