H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

The H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. Since its appearance, the viral infection has claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, about five times the fatalities caused by dengue and three times that of malaria in the same period. The viral infection is now next only to tuberculosis and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases. TB and AIDS together are responsible…

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Genetically-engineered mosquitoes give hope against dengue

Genetically-engineered mosquitoes give hope against dengue

In a first, researchers have genetically engineered mosquitoes that have an increased resistance to infection by the dengue virus. After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. Now, researchers report that mosquitoes carrying dengue virus (DENV) can be genetically engineered, giving an increased resistance to infection by the virus. When a mosquito bites someone infected with DENV, the virus needs to complete its lifecycle in the mosquito’s gut, eventually infecting its salivary glands, before it can…

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Malaria killed more than dengue, chikungunya

Malaria killed more than dengue, chikungunya

Malaria turns out to be the biggest killer among all mosquito-borne diseases in Delhi this year. According to the latest municipal corporation report, the disease, which seems to be on the wane in the city, has claimed 17 lives this season. While dengue has caused six deaths, no deaths have been attributed to chikungunya, which took to epidemic proportions affecting over 10,000 people. The malaria toll is significant because, according to data collated under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Delhi has not witnessed a single death from the…

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Dengue Claimed 179 Lives, no Death Due to Chikungunya: Government

Dengue Claimed 179 Lives, no Death Due to Chikungunya: Government

Dengue has claimed 179 lives across the country this year while no death has been reported due to chikungunya, though it affected 21,000 people, the Rajya Sabha was told today. “During 2016 (till November 13), a total number of 179 deaths due to dengue and no death due to chikungunya has been reported in the country. “The number of positive cases for dengue and chikungunya in the country during 2016 (till November 13) are 90,277 and 21,094 respectively,” Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply. He said…

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Dengue Prevention: HC Asks UP Chief Secretary About Action Taken

Dengue Prevention: HC Asks UP Chief Secretary About Action Taken

The Allahabad High Court today directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to file his personal affidavit explaining what action has been taken by the government for prevention of dengue and what are the steps proposed. Bhatnagar was present before the court as per its earlier order and gave the required information. The action taken report (ATR) by him has to be filed on November 16. The court also directed him that all its orders should be complied with while once again summoning the Principal Secretary (medical and health) and…

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Supreme Court tells Jung, Kejriwal to Meet Over Chikungunya, Dengue

Supreme Court tells Jung, Kejriwal to Meet Over Chikungunya, Dengue

  The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to convene on Wednesday a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the civic bodies to discuss ways and means to deal with the spread of chikungunya and dengue. Asking Jung to hold the meeting at 2 p.m., Justice Madan Lokur and Justice L. Nagaswara Rao asked participants at the meeting to refrain from engaging in any blame-game. Pointing out that the “interests of the people of Delhi are paramount”, the court said: “In our opinion, considering that…

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Dengue Deaths Touch 100 in Lucknow, More People Test Positive

Dengue Deaths Touch 100 in Lucknow, More People Test Positive

The death toll from dengue has crossed the 100 mark here and still the vector borne disease shows no signs of relenting in Uttar Pradesh. In the past two days, more than 150 patients have tested positive for dengue and the humid weather continues to add to the spread of the disease. Health Department officials while refusing to admit the high toll, said the situation was “serious and worrisome”. The number of dengue patients here touched 1,356, including a large number of children and aged people. After a literal epidemic…

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Dengue: Causes, symptoms and prevention

Dengue: Causes, symptoms and prevention

Dengue: Causes, symptoms and prevention (Shutterstock Images) The mosquito-borne viral disease Dengue has become one of the worst nightmares of the country. The symptoms of the disease show in three to seven days and recovery from dengue too does not take over a week unless the condition gets severe. Mostly asymptomatic, if the condition gets critical, dengue can be life-threatening. Causes Dengue is caused by the bite of one of the many types of mosquitoes in the genus Aedes Aegypti. Symptoms Doctors say that more than half people infected with…

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Painkillers are not advisable for dengue

Painkillers are not advisable for dengue

Prescribed for joint pain in chikungunya cases NSAIDS, or the common painkillers, are not advisable for dengue patients because they are known to quicken internal bleeding. However, doctors have been prescribing them to relieve joint pain in suspected or confirmed cases of chikungunya. Now, in a worrying trend, these drugs have been found to be counterproductive even in chikungunya patients. Doctors in Safdarjung Hospital, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Max Hospital, Saket, and in other medical institutions narrated to TOI instances of chikungunya patients suffering kidney and liver…

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Fighting dengue: 4,065 positive cases recorded in K’taka till mid-Sept this year

Fighting dengue: 4,065 positive cases recorded in K’taka till mid-Sept this year

Highest number of cases have been reported from Bengaluru. Karnataka has already recorded 4,065 positive dengue cases in the first nine-and-ahalf months of the year. With another three-and-a-half months to go, the state could well exceed last year’s figure of 5,077 cases by the end of 2016. A quick look at the figures (see box) show, the number of dengue cases has been on the rise over the years, which doctors say is a worrying trend. Of the 4,065 cases this year, Bengaluru has reported the highest number (544), followed…

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