Indian cases of dengue fever increase

India is currently facing a surge in dengue fever that has killed 77 people in the nation's south.

The mosquito-borne illness has reportedly infected more than 12,000 people since September, in comparison to the approximately 2,800 people infected during the same period last year, according to

Public Health Officials are looking for a way to stop the spread of the virus. They have even warned children to wear pants as a means of reducing mosquito bites.

"It is not a panic situation, but we want to ensure that we take adequate prevention measures," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, reports.

Azad said that all government and private hospitals would soon be equipped to test patients for dengue. He also released funding to spray pesticides around mosquito breeding areas.

Usually, dengue fever cases begin to rise in October soon after the end of the rainy season as the temperature cools. This year cases were reported from India's southern states beginning in September.

"Most of our beds are filled with dengue patients," Vivek Nangia, a doctor at Fortis hospital in Delhi, said reports. "Lots of patients are coming with dengue symptoms every day."

Delhi has been largely spared from the surge in cases, but dengue is an ever present concern.