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Biggest health hazards of 2016

From Zika to chikungunya making it to the headlines now and then; learn about the biggest news makers in the health domain.

Mind Body By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Dec 09, 2016


Dengue has been in the news for last several years and 2016 was no different with more than 27879 cases of dengue and 60 deaths because of hemorrhagic fever reported throughout India. Image Source : getty


2016 noticed a robust monsoon that lead to rise in agricultural produce, but it also helped mosquito breeding leading to outbreak of chikungunya. According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), around 12,255 cases of chikungunya have been reported across the country till 31 August. Image Source : getty

Air Pollution

Pollution triggered multiple red alerts all around the world with India and China being top of the list. Air quality in 2016 has been so poor that people have been advised to stay indoors multiple times. UAE tops the list worst hit by pollution as the air contains 80 micrograms of pollutants per cubic. In India its 32, which is also very high. Delhi even tried couple of rounds of Odd-Even traffic scheme to curb pollution. Image Source : getty

Zika Virus

The Americas, Pacific and Southeast Asia witnessed a new epidemic this year caused by Zika virus. The virus can cause severe brain anomalies and scared the whole world so much that the WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern early in February. Image Source : getty


2016 also witnessed a positive trend in terms of health problems, with WHO declaring the end Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea and in Liberia. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. However, these countries are on heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people. Image Source : getty


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