Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-24 10:15 Bengaluru: Several districts in the state are in the grip of dengue and chikungunya, with 1,016 testing positive for dengue and 374 confirmed cases of chikungunya, bringing the total to 1,400 cases.Dakhina Kannada, Mysuru and Davangere have been severely affected with dengue, with the two districts reporting 131 and 142 cases respectively. Dengue cases also touched the three-figure mark in Davangere, with 107 cases being reported from the district so far.Similarly, chikungunya cases are also on the rise, with Mysuru, Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru and Bengaluru City reporting 66, 53, 46 and 40 cases respectively.The steady rise in cases prompted Dr Prakash BG, Joint Director, Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, to issue a circular to all district health officers and surgeons to intensify information gathering and awareness programme.Outlining the measures to contain the threat, Prakash said if a single case is detected during house to house survey in vulnerable areas, “100 homes in the surrounding area will be screened and blood samples will be drawn from people showing similar symptoms for testing”."We are also asking people to take preventive measures,” he said. “People should cover their body well to avoid mosquito bites. Similarly, doors and windows should be covered with mesh to stop the mosquito from gaining entry. Empty flower pots and garbage also create conditions for the breeding of mosquitoes. Hence, these items should be cleared as well,” said Dr Prakash.Dr D Narayannappa, HOD Paediatrician, JSS Medical College and Hospital, Mysuru, said cases were indeed rising. “People store water in container and tanks as there is scarcity which results in mosquito breeding. The young and aged are more prone as their immune system is weak,” said Dr Narayannappa.