Dengue Cases are increasing in India rapidly, figures are shocking

by amolwarankar

New Delhi: Every year hundreds of people fall prey to dengue despite the government steps to prevent it. However, it is rising year by year. If we look at the figures of previous years, the cases of dengue deaths and dengue are increasing steadily.

According to the official report, 40571 people succumbed to dengue in 2014 and the figure doubled the following year. In the year 2015, there were 99913 cases. In 2016, 129166 people and in 2017 150482 people were affected by dengue. In 2018, these figures have increased significantly instead of decreasing.

Every year more than 1 million people in the world die due to diseases caused by mosquito bites. The figure of these deaths is large in India.

The number of dengue cases reported to WHO increased over 8 fold over the last two decades, from 505,430 cases in 2000, to over 2.4 million in 2010, and 4.2 million in 2019. Reported deaths between the year 2000 and 2015 increased from 960 to 4032.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease, transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes are also vectors of chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and unplanned rapid urbanization. There are an estimated 100-400 million infections each year.

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