Dengue cases cross 6,500 in TN, but not ‘officially’

The number of cases of dengue crossed 6,500 in State even as the state health department officials continue to remain uncertain of the total number of cases reported.
Dengue cases cross 6,500 in TN, but not ‘officially’

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As per National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme records, there are only five deaths due to dengue in Tamil Nadu, while there were at least five more deaths suspected due to dengue.
According to unofficial estimates, Tamil Nadu recorded 6,577 cases of dengue till November while state health department officials denied that the numbers have not crossed even the 5,000-mark. During the dengue outbreak in 2017, the state recorded 23,294 cases and 65 deaths.

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,535 cases and 12 deaths due to dengue in 2015, which reduced to 2,531 cases and five deaths the subsequent year. Though the state government claimed that the prevention and control measures by the state health department brought down the number of cases in 2018, 4,486 cases and 13 deaths were reported. But, the number of cases has reportedly gone up this year.

Despite claims of dip in the dengue rate last month, figures reveal that at least 500 cases of dengue were reported in November.

“There has been a reduction of at least 50 per cent when compared to October and we are seeing less number dengue patients now. The state Health Department along with Greater Chennai Corporation has undertaken dengue prevention activities, including awareness campaigns, mass cleanliness drive, domestic breeding inspection and source reduction in case of positive cases, to arrest the numbers,” said a senior official from state healthdepartment.

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