Two new malaria cases have been reported in the last week, taking the total number of cases to 13 this year. But no new dengue case was reported this week.
In all, 16 patients have been diagnosed with dengue since January this year. But with the rains expected to intensify over the next few weeks, municipal authorities are on alert for any spike in mosquito-borne diseases.
Last year, 32 cases of malaria and 14 cases of dengue were diagnosed in the same period. Municipal officials have stepped up anti-mosquito activities, including fumigation and fogging.
“With rains expected again this week, we have to focus on anti-mosquito activities since these diseases usually spike after the rains. However, we are prepared and hospitals, including government and private institutions, have been advised to be on alert,” an official said.
While six dengue deaths had been reported last year till July 12, no deaths have been recorded from the viral disease this year.
“Considering the trends this year, we are expecting a reduced number of dengue cases. All viruses have cycles. But since the rains are yet to pick up, it is too early to predict the nature of the seasonal disease so far,” the official said.