Dengue jumped the clock! Even though Bangalore’s rains have always been associated with a rise in active dengue cases, the surge usually happens after the monsoons.
- Why it matters: According to Dr SN Aravinda of the Aster RV Hospital, they have been admitting around 2 or more people each week with dengue-related complications. Most of the patients are between 25 to 40 years of age. And as of now, we still don’t have any vaccines for dengue.
Blame the rains: Experts say that the change in climate and onset of rains can lead to this increase in vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria. The problem is with stagnant water. The heavy rains usually lead to pools of stagnant water getting formed in inconspicuous places. This becomes the breeding ground for the mosquitoes.
Way forward: While the rise in cases is worrying, there is no need to panic. Keeping up with personal hygiene, a spidey-sense for mosquitoes and preventing any water stagnation should do you good. 👍