Bengal has reported the highest number of dengue deaths- 24 so far this year against 14 in 2015. As many as 5,639 cases have been reported as yet against 8,156 last year. Officials say this figure is bound to increase as at least six more weeks of ‘dengue season’ remain.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda has informed that about 40,000 people have been affected by dengue & chikungunya in the country. The minister though said there was no need to panic.
The situation in states like Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana has reached alarming level. Doctors have claimed that casualties have been higher in areas where stagnant water is an issue. The disease started spreading from the northern suburbs where dengue deaths have always been high.
60 people have died across the country due to dengue, and four people in Delhi due to Chikungunya. In south India, Hyderabad is among the worst affected cities. Seven deaths have been reported till August this year against just two in 2015