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Dengue: 5,374 cases and five deaths reported in Karnataka

Amid a surge in dengue cases in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, the Chief Minister of the state directed officials to intensify fever surveillance and take up all necessary precautionary measures to prevent spread of the vector-borne disease. 

The Chief Minister, who convened a meeting of officials from the BBMP and the Department of Health and Family Welfare, directed them to conduct special source reduction activities every Friday, by involving urban local bodies and the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department.

Dengue Cases, deaths

A total of 5,374 cases and five deaths have been reported in the State till June 24. While Bengaluru, Chikkamagaluru, Mysuru, Haveri, Shivamogga, Chitradurga, and Dakshina Kannada districts have reported a majority of the cases, 1,230 have been reported in BBMP limits alone.

Four of the deceased are children, one is a 32-year-old male. Two deaths have been reported from hassan, and one each has been reported from Shivamogga, Dharwad, and Haveri.

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The Chief Minister, reviewing the situation, directed the officials to ensure the availability of beds, drugs, testing kits, and other required equipment in all government hospitals. “According to the Government of India’s guidelines, the dengue case fatality rate (CFR) should not exceed 0.5%. Karnataka’s current dengue CFR is 0.09%, which is far less than the prescribed limit,” the Chief Minister said.

He also directed the officials to conduct door-to-door surveys and create awareness among the public by roping in Accredited Social Health Activists, nursing students, NSS students, and other volunteers. 

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, who held a meeting with Health officials before the Chief Minister’s meeting, instructed them to test all those who report dengue-like symptoms.

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