Hyderabad: 90% of Swine flu, dengue cases reported from GHMC limits

Hyderabad: As many as 70% of cases of dengue and malaria are reported from GHMC limits said health department authorities indicating poor sanitation behind the rise in swine flu and dengue cases in city.

Over 90% of the swine flu (H1N1) cases are also reported from GHMC limits confirmed the authorities, TOI reports.

The authorities said areas like Banjara Hills, Begumpet, Manikonda have reported a wide number of dengue, malaria cases apart from Uppal, Nizampet, Khajaguda and Old City regions.

Areas along the Musi river are experiencing a rise in the two vector-borne diseases while Malaria and swine flu in city limits have jumped three times against the previously recorded cases in the past few weeks.

The State Health Department records state as many as 1,426 cases of malaria and 2,644 dengue cases alone have been recorded up to October 8 along with at least 154 swine flu cases have been recorded up to October 12.

Telangana Public Health Director, Dr. G Srinivas Rao explains: “Dengue and malaria are both vector-borne diseases and are related to sanitation. Around 70% of these cases are being reported from GHMC limits. When we see swine flu cases, more than 90% are from GHMC limits. This is due to population density and other related factors. In the case of swine flu, recent festivities like Bathukamma, Durga Puja, Navratri and Dasara have also added to the spread of the airborne virus.”