Mosquito menace is back, and Bengaluru is no exception. The city is witnessing an alarming increase in the number of vector-borne diseases compared to the previous year. Dengue, chikungunya and even malaria seems to be on the rise.
Over 1,900 people have been tested positive for dengue from January-July this year only from BBMP limits. The number during the same time in 2016 was just 356. Bengaluru urban district alone had 117 positive cases from January-July 2017, as against 40 positive cases from January-July 2016.
It isn't just dengue, but Bengaluru urban has also witnessed a tremendous rise in the number of chikungunya cases. Form January - July 2017, there has been about 51 positive cases of chikungunya and 879 suspected cases of Chikungunya reported from Bengaluru urban. During the same period of time in 2016, there were just 36 positive cases of chikungunya.
What comes as the most shocking fact is that malaria cases which was hardly heard of in Bengaluru in the past few years have been reported in the recent times. Five people have been diagnosed with malaria in Bengaluru in 2017 till date.
The authorities claim that they have been doing everything possible to contain the diseases. However, they are of the opinion that mosquito breeding in certain unlikely places have been posing serious health concerns and giving rise to innumerable vector-borne diseases.
Here are few ways to prevent vector-borne diseases. Take a look.
1. Drinking Plenty Of Water:
Keeping yourself hydrated in one of the best ways to prevent vector-borne diseases. Make it a point to drink plenty of water and other fluids as this helps prevent dehydration.
2. Maintaining Personal Hygiene:
Maintain a good personal hygiene is a must as this helps to prevent any kind of infections. For example washing hands properly after using the bathrooms, before cooking and before eating foods are few of the things that should be kept in mind.
3. Avoiding Junk & Foods Sold In Open:
It is very essential that one avoids eating foods that are sold in the open. Foods that are kept in the open are likely to get contaminated quickly. So when you eat these foods it affects the digestive system causing stomach upset.
4. Wearing Full-sleeved Clothes:
Keeping yourself covered is essential in preventing vector-borne diseases. Wearing full-sleeved clothes helps in preventing mosquito bites and reduces the risk of contracting malaria, dengue and chikungunya as well.
5. Consult A Doctor:
If the symptoms like fever and body pain persists for two days or more then it is always better to see a doctor. Getting the infection diagnosed and treated at the right time helps in preventing the case from getting worse.