KOCHI: The rate of infectious diseases in the state is going up with high incidence of dengue and chikungunya. Ernakulam, Thiruvananathpuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta are the districts from where most number of dengue cases have been reported. According to the State Epidemic Monitoring Cell of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) statistics, 10 per cent of the total fever cases reported appear to be dengue.
A high rate of suspected dengue cases have been reported from Idukki, Alappuzha and Kasargod. Laboratory facilities in these districts have to be reviewed and reasons for high suspected cases have to be reported, health officials have been told. All the SSH (sentinel surveillance hospitals) labs have been asked to do the confirmatory tests for dengue at least once in two days.
Meanwhile, leptospirosis cases are the highest in Thiruvananthapuram and the district health authorities have been asked to take stringent preventive measures.
Though no new indigenous malaria cases were reported from Kozhikode, the district malaria officer has been asked to strengthen fever screening in the Primary Health Centre at Puthiyapa area. Meanwhile, three imported cases of malaria were reported in Ernakulam and one each from Kannur and Konni.