Monsoons are considered as the peak time for vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, or chikungunya. However, rise in global temperature, unusual rainfall patterns, unplanned urbanization, and prolonged open storage of water favour mosquito breeding throughout the year.
- The number of dengue cases increases in the months of July– November, with October being the peak.[3-4]
- Chikungunya cases increases post-monsoon season with a peak between the month of July and August.
- 3000 cases of dengue fever were reported the month of February, 2013.
- Chikungunya outbreaks have been reported in the months of February/March, October, and December.
- Cases of chikungunya outbreak were reported post August and peaked in October.[7-8]
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