There has been a spike in chikungunya cases in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and the north east
There has been an unprecedented surge in the cases of chikungunya cases, reported the national vector borne disease control programme (NVBDCP), the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases.
“There is definitely an increase in the number of cases but it’s difficult to quantify. This surge occurs every year during monsoons. Recently, there has been so much humidity and rainfall, so it naturally provides a conducive environment for mosquitoes to breed. There is nothing new about it,” said Dr AC Dhariwal, director, NVBDCP.
According to an NVBDCP official, chikungunya cases have been reported from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and the north eastern states and it is worrisome as the virus is dominant only in southern India.
According to the NVBDCP website, chikungunya cases in India have increased from 16,049 in 2014, to 27,553 in 2015 and 9,990 cases till 28 July 2016 which is just the start of the season.
Dhariwal said that it is necessary for people to take precautionary measures, especially during rainfall.