With the onset of monsoon City have sounded a warning bell against dengue and chikungunya.

Two minor girls died at the Vanivilas Hospital recently, with symptoms that were similar to dengue.

Although doctors did not confirm the two as dengue deaths, they said platelet counts in both cases had dropped dangerously low.

Till May this year, the hospital has received 10 suspected cases of deng

Six H1N1 deaths have occurred in the State this year in Bangalore, Yadgir, Bellary, Shimoga, Davangere and Udupi districts, while the Health department had confirmed 31 cases of the disease, out of the 896 blood samples taken, said Health Minister B Sriramulu.

Of the 31 cases, 22 were reported in Bangalore, three in Udupi, two in Bellary and one each in Tumkur, Shimoga, Bagalkot and Gulbarga.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has made it mandatory for all city hospitals to report dengue and chikungunya cases online.

Nodal officers of all 596 hospitals in the city will provide the exact figures of people hit by dengue and chikungunya, who are undergoing treatment there.

In 2005, a strain of the Chikungunya virus that arose in east Africa spread to the islands of Comoros, Mayotte, Seychelles and Reunion in the south-western Indian Ocean.

Later that year, the virus began to cause large-scale outbreaks in India.

The MCD has made it mandatory for all 33 sentinel surveillance hospitals to report all dengue and chikungunya cases online to do away with the problem of under-reporting of cases.

The nodal officers of the hospitals have been trained to report the cases online, said an MCD official.

All the hospitals and other health service providers would be given a unique password to login and update the

Experts worldwide might well have concluded that H1N1 has run its course , but closer home the deadly virus continues to take its toll.

The health ministry's refusal to allow the use of a highly potent mosquito control agent developed by one of its own institutes and granting permission to an imported product, has kicked up a controversy.

It was a year of respite for the City plagued with H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009.

The number of dengue cases has seen a decline over a fortnight in Delhi, even as cases of several other viral infections, including chikungunya and seasonal fever, seem to maintain a rising trend.

The MCD has recorded 23 fresh cases of dengue today, pushing the cumulative count of people affected by the disease to 5,973 this year.

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