Alerts in India

Zika - India

A total of 7 more employees of the district court in Thalassery [city in Kannur district, Kerala state] tested positive for Zika virus on 5 Nov 2023.

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Leptospirosis - India

The health department in Kozhikode has issued an alert against leptospirosis in the district in the wake of a rise in the number of patients and deaths in October [2023]. Kallai, Beypore, and Nadakkavu are some of the places where the number of patients is high. Those venturing out into muddy waters should take doxycycline, the preventive tablet, as they are at high risk of contracting the infection. The District Medical Officer said the tablets were available for free at all government hospitals. Those who have symptoms such as high fever, headache, severe body pain, joint pain, and redness in eyes should immediately consult a doctor.

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Rabies - India

An 8-year-old girl died in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, on 25 Oct 2023 after being bitten by a stray dog about 2 weeks ago. The girl was attacked by a stray dog 15 days ago while she was playing in a village in Pinahat.

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Dengue, Malaria - India

Dengue cases in Delhi have seen a sharp rise this year, with nearly 5000 cases (4965) reported till 21 Oct 2023 -- more than double that of cases seen in the same period in 2022 and the highest in the last 5 years. The spike in cases was the highest in the month of September with 2141 cases. The highest number of dengue cases is usually reported in 2 months, October and November. A sudden dip is usually seen in December. A significant increase has also been observed in malaria cases, with over 300 cases being reported so far.

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Nipah Virus - India

A 39-year-old man in Kerala has tested positive for the Nipah virus, bringing the total number of infections to 6. The man contracted the virus after coming into contact with a previously infected patient who later died. The Nipah virus is highly pathogenic and often fatal, causing brain swelling and respiratory distress. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the virus. The Indian government is working to evaluate preventive measures to tackle the outbreak. Of the 6 cases, 2 patients died on 30 Aug and 11 Sep 2023, and the remaining 4 are undergoing treatment, officials aware of the matter said.

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Japanese encephalitis - India

So far in 2023 a total of 432 people in the entire state of Assam (India) have been infected with Japanese encephalitis and 24 people have lost their lives. The increase in cases is assumed to be related to the floods suffered last month.

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