Published on January 27, 2020

AHMEDABAD: The year 2019 was deadly when it came to the bite of the Aedes Ageypti mosquito. The city registered 45% dengue cases in 2019, compared to 2018. Ahmedabad city reported 4,537 cases in 2019, up from 3,135 cases in 2018.

Official data revealed that the number of deaths due to dengue more than tripled to 13 in 2019 from four in 2018. The data released by the AMC’s health department shows that eight of the 13 deaths occurred in October. There were two deaths each in September and August and one in November. Officials said there was a spike in the number of dengue cases begining in August. In the first seven months of the year, just 206 cases were reported. This number was 246 cases in 2018.

Between August and December 2019, there was a 50% increase in the number of cases compared to the same period the previous year, with the city reporting 4,331 cases in 2019, against 2,889 cases in 2018.

“The most dengue cases were reported in October and 62% of the cases in 2019 were reported in just two months, September and October, 2,845 cases of the 4,537 annual total,” a health department official said.

He said the number of dengue cases in November doubled to 804 against 332 cases in November 2018. A recently released study by the Community Medicine Department of BJ Medical College, covering 6,434 dengue cases recorded from 2010 to 2016, revealed that the average incidence rate for dengue in Ahmedabad was 16.3 per lakh people. The study revealed that the incidence rate (26.2) was highest in the 0-14 years age group, followed by 17.3 per in the 15-44 years group.

(With Himanshu Kaushik)

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