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India: Dengue deaths increase 34pc

Posted on Dec 04, 06:54PM | IBNS

Dengue deaths in India have increased 34pc 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 97pc and 34pc 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 and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, A and N Island, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and 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 and K, Karnataka, Kerela, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and D and 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.