October 11, 2016 12:30:27 am
In eight days till last Saturday, 73 dengue and 239 malaria cases have been reported from Ahmedabad. On an average, nearly 9 and 30 cases, respectively, were reported everyday. With the recent spell of rain that lasted almost a week, more cases are expected this month.
In 2015, 596 dengue and 828 malaria cases were reported in the entire month of October. When the annual dengue figures are compared over last two years, as many as 2,165 cases were reported in 2015. This recorded an increase of nearly 1,000 cases reported from the previous year when 1,180 cases were reported.
The spurt in vector-borne cases is also reflected in the number of samples collected for tests. As per the AMC health department data, already 7.25 lakh blood samples collected have been tested for malaria from January till October 8, 2016. There has been a constant rise in the number of samples collected since 2014. As many as 9.03 lakh samples taken in 2014 that increased to 9.52 lakh in 2015 for Ahmedabad city.
A similar steep rise in serum samples taken for dengue confirmation has also risen from 8,246 in 2014 to a whopping 23,944 in 2015. In the current year till October first week, already 20,446 samples have been collected. Among water borne cases, city has reported 71 typhoid cases and 33 cases of jaundice in the first week of October.
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