The infection following monsoon rains has triggered an outbreak of fever in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, which has killed at least 114 people in the past three weeks, health officials said on Wednesday.
State Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh told The Associated Press that most cases are caused by dengue, a seasonal viral infection spread by mosquitoes, followed by leptospirosis, scrub typhus and malaria.
Leptospirosis and scrub typhus are bacterial infections, while malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. They usually spike after the rainy season in India.
Singh said the dengue cases were due to a viral strain named “D2”, which has been found in a sample survey conducted by a team of Indian Council of Medical Research in some districts of the state.
Dengue, also known as “breakbone fever” for the severe pain it causes, is not always fatal, but may require hospitalization in severe cases.
This can lead to internal bleeding, liver enlargement, circulatory failure, and death.
According to health experts, targeted prevention efforts to destroy mosquito breeding sites, such as trash or old tires and other objects containing standing water, are still the best way to stop the spread of the disease.
The health system in the state capital Lucknow is also crumbling as the rise in cases has put pressure on the hospitals there.
The city has so far reported over 1,500 fever-linked cases after authorities began door-to-door surveillance last week.
Officials are scrambling for resources to control the outbreak.
Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, often accounts for a disproportionate share of post-monsoon infection deaths in the country due to a weak health system.
In Prayagraj city, footage shows hospitals rushing in with fever cases, while district administrator Sanjay Kumar Kharati claimed there would be no problem in arranging beds for children as the area had “a week ago”. A new 80-bed hospital” was opened.
Every year thousands of people suffer from dengue, encephalitis, malaria, typhoid and other mosquito-borne diseases during the summer monsoon.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times