Spike in Dengue Cases in Telangana, particularly in the capital city of Hyderabad, has claimed more than 50 lives according to reports. Over the past 25 days, 530 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in the state, of which more than 370 are from Hyderabad. The state government and local municipality are keeping a track on areas from where this patients are coming and accordingly sending out teams to check on how this can be reduced.
There have been 2,113 cases reported so far this year, more than double the corresponding number for last year (1,012), according to the Times of India. The alarming spike in Dengue Cases has prompted the health department to consider expanding tests from being conducted just at the Institute of Preventive Medicine to include private diagnostic centres. Reports of minors succumbing to the disease also emerged from other areas of Hyderabad.
A press release issued on Monday also said the Telangana government has taken “special measures like the opening of 24-hour Out-Patient Department (OPD) services to control cases of dengue” in Osmania General Hospital, Gandhi Hospital, among others.
Experts tracking the disease have found a marked increase in dengue cases reported in Hyderabad over the past few years, sparking concerns over sanitation. According to one report, in the Ranga Reddy district – which is part of the Greater Hyderabad municipal area – the number of confirmed dengue cases increased from just five in 2014 to 41 in 2015, jumping to 150 last year.
Dr. Paul Cremer, MD, is a cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Cremer has special interest in Complex valvular heart disease, prosthetic valve dysfunction and native and prosthetic valve infection (endocarditis), re-do valve surgery, anomalous coronary arteries, functional capacity and exercise, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, including PET and myocardial blood flow, cardiovascular CT and MR.