5/29/2012 1:30:00 PM

India prepares for a rise in cases of dengue

Public health officials in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have issued a dengue alert in Madurai, the state’s third largest district. The alert comes after an increase in cases of dengue fever being treated in city hospitals. District malaria officer Latha Freeda Joan reported that: “The cases originate outside of Madurai, but we are prepared to handle the increase, with enhanced surveillance efforts, analysis of blood samples from patients with fever and monitoring of private hospitals.”

Dengue has emerged as a major vector-borne disease in urban India, especially following the 2010 Commonwealth Games there. The rise in cases has also arisen through strong growth in the construction industry and there are calls for increased innovation efforts to tackle the problem within this segment.