August 8, 2013 -- Dengue fever, a viral infection, which causes severe bone ache, flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can be fatal, spreads through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
This type of mosquito proliferates in urban habitats in water collected in man-made containers.
The monsoon, which brings potholes and puddles of dirty water to the streets of India, exacerbates the problem, because it provides more breeding grounds for the insect. The dengue carrying mosquito does not confine itself to poorer areas.
Cases of dengue fever usually rise during and just after the rainy season, or June through October in India, experts say. Last year, Yash Chopra, the famous Bollywood director, died in Mumbai after contracting dengue fever.
According to a study published in the science journal Nature, India had the world’s highest dengue burden, with 34% of the dengue cases in the world occurring in India, The Hindu newspaper reported.
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