Monsoons: Rise in Malaria, Dengue, Typhoid cases among others

Hyderabad: Monsoon season has finally arrived in the state, temperatures too dropped while the steady rains have created cold and damp conditions giving rise to seasonal ailments.

Private, government hospitals, clinics, nursing homes across the state are now recording increase in water and vector-borne ailments.

The cold and damp conditions which naturally encourage bacteria and viruses to thrive has led to a rise of seasonal ailments among all age group people.

Fever hospital, Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General hospital are hovering with a minimum of 1200 patients on a daily basis.

Viral fevers, Jaundice, water-borne ailments including typhoid, malaria, dengue all ailments are on the rise in the city.

“While there has been a rise in malaria and dengue cases, so far we have not witnessed a massive or alarming rise in dengue cases. Of course, seasonal ailments are bound to rise during monsoons and individual families must take necessary precautions,” said Dr K Shankar, Superintendent, Fever Hospital.

“We have our monsoon action plan for vector-borne ailments which is already being implemented across Hyderabad. We also urge people, especially families and colony residential welfare associations to be extremely careful with mosquitoes,” added another doctor.

Hyderabad and Warangal  contribute to nearly 40 percent malaria cases reported in the state.

Female Anopheles mosquito bite transfers the malarial parasite while dengue spreads through the bite of Aedes mosquito, which tends to bite human beings during day-time.

Typhoid and Gastroenteritis

Health officers have also said monsoons can trigger cases of cholera, another deadly disease that spreads due to contaminated food and water and poor hygienic conditions is the cause for the spread of cholera.

Another common ailment during monsoons is Gastroenteritis. This occurs due to inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach, causing vomiting or diarrhoea.