BENGALURU: Once again, alarm bells are ringing loud for the district administration which on Saturday appealed to the citizens to be on guard against the spread of H1N1virus which has started raising its head in Bengaluru. In the last one week (September 29 to October 5) , 46 cases were reported across the city and the worst hit is the techcorridor of Mahadevapura.
include cough, fever, sore throat, running nose, body ache, fatigue and chills.
“Most of the cases have been detected in private hospitals. We’ve issued directives to ensure that the ailment is correctly diagnosed and medicines are made available to patients,” said Dr Sunanda, Bengaluru Urban district surveillance officer. The department has distributed tamiflu tablets to 150 family members of the affected so far.
On reasons why H1N1 virus is resurfacing in the city, Dr Sunanda said it might have emanated from neighbouring Kerala and Shivamogga which were hit by floods. Some of the affected persons had reportedly visited the flood-affected areas for various reasons, including relief work, she claimed. “The patients are out of danger. We’ve told them not to reuse face masks,” she added.
The authorities claimed to have surveyed 3,736 houses as part of their exercise to detect H1N1cases. The vulnerable areas are Dommasandra, Singasandra, Konanakunte, Begur, Anjanapura in Bengaluru South, Sahakarnagar, MS Palya, Amruthhalli, Jalahalli in Bengaluru North, Avalahalli, KR Puram, B Narayanapura, Doddakannahalli, Garudacharpalya, Marathahalli, Kadugodi, Siddapura, Kodi, Varthur and Ramamurthynagar in Bengaluru East.
The city has registered 20 dengue and 23 chikungunya cases since January.
Bengaluru health officer Dr Sreenivasa said a drive is under way to destroy mosquito larvae by identifying and cleaning potential breeding places. Jurisdictional health assistants have been told to visit at least 60 houses in aday to ensure larvae breeding does not take place. In the last 10 months, 13.29 lakh houses were checked and, of these, 46,786 were breeding grounds.
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