Similarly, national news about dengue has focussed on Mumbai and Delhi: A Bharatiya Janata Party member of legislative assembly from Gujarat died in Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital, as did two women; Maharashtra reported 723 cases, according to The Times of India.Delhi has had 1,158 dengue cases till now, with 390 reported in September 2016, according to news reports, with 18 dead.Kerala reported the highest number of cases (3,767), with five deaths, until July 2016. As many as 13,663 dengue cases, with 21 deaths, were reported nationwide over the same period.There has been a 32 per cent rise in vector-borne diseases over the last five years, but the budget to combat them rose 7 per cent, IndiaSpend reported in March 2016.Karnataka reported 77 per cent (6,711) of chikungunya cases nationwide, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 451 until July 24, 2016. Delhi reported 64 cases.
JE is the other mosquito-borne disease surging through India. It has not been reported from leading metropolitan cities and has not gained attention. Assam reported 67 per cent cases of JE — a viral brain infection — and 90 per cent of 70 deaths nationwide, according to July 2016 data released to the Lok Sabha.