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Interview with Aedes Aegypti Mosquito: Mother of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

This week, fuzzlabs have got itself an interview with one of the most dreaded creatures on this planet. A type of mosquito, Aedes Aegypti is perhaps most feared species of them all. She is known to be major cause of viral outbreaks around the world. Mother of famous viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever, Aedes is now causing a ruckus among humans after introducing a new virus in the bloc named Zika.

Aed

Fz: Hello Aedes.
Aedes: Hello Human.

Fz: How have you been?
Aedes: Pretty. We have successfully infiltrated almost all part of the world. The entire South American, African and Asian countries are our stronghold. We have made in roads in most of European countries and of course US. We have been making progress in Australia too. Continue reading

A Terrible Contagion and a Climatic Anomaly

Dengue Patients overcrowded in a city hospital. Source: ndtv.in

Dengue Patients overcrowded in a city hospital. Source: ndtv.in

Recently, Delhi fell under another grip of the pandemic that has been plaguing the city since ever, and this time the city is bleeding. In one of the worst Dengue outbreak in the capital in years, around 7000 people have been reported to be infected and at least 25 people have been reported dead.

With number of cases piling up, Delhi hospitals were so overcrowded last month that they had refuse treatment to many citing shortage of beds. Some hospitals even have two to four patients sharing a single bed. Following a seven year old boy died for want of treatment and his parents unable to bear the loss jumped off a four storey building in South Delhi. The incident highlights the hapless situation in Delhi this season due to this unforeseen catastrophe. There is a sense of panic everywhere.

In recent decades, dengue outbreaks in India have become larger and more frequent, with a greater number of severe cases and deaths. A study conducted by researchers at Brandeis University says India had nearly 60 Lakhs diagnosed cases of dengue between 2006 and 2012. With a population of 16.3 million people, Delhi is the second most populated city in the world Continue reading