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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Epidemic fears loom as dengue cases increase in MP

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 08, 2013
First Published: 11:42 IST(8/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:45 IST(8/7/2013)

After an outbreak and an epidemic in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, the dengue disease might assume epidemic proportions in the state too.

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Fresh cases of dengue fever have been diagnosed in various places of MP after monsoon’s arrival. However, senior officials of the health department were unable to provide the total number of dengue cases in MP so far.

A fresh case of dengue was also diagnosed in Bhopal on Saturday, taking the toll of dengue positive cases to eight, including two deaths.

The patient is undergoing treatment at a private nursing home in the district.

On Saturday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also instructed the health department officials to remain vigilant so as to keep water-borne diseases at bay during the rainy season.

The situation in Mandla district has become serious after dengue converted into an epidemic in the district.

Total 217 cases of dengue have been diagnosed in Mandla district alone, while 10 patients have succumbed to the disease.

The health department’s senior officials visited Mandla district on Saturday to check the situation there.

The health department, however, claimed that only five dengue deaths have been reported in Mandla district.

“I visited the village affected with dengue in Mandla district.

The health department officials are trying their best to control the situation.

All measures to stop dengue from spreading have been taken by the department and the situation is now under control”, said director, health, Dr KL Sahu.

He said house- to- house survey had been done in the village to prevent the disease.

Dr Sahu further said all chief medical and health officers ( CMHOs) and district malaria officers ( DMO) had been instructed to co-ordinate with the municipal corporation of their respective districts to take proper steps to inhibit the growth of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The bite of this mosquito, which is infected with the dengue virus, transmits the disease.

The director, health, Dr Sanjay Goel said the health department officials had been instructed to cover surrounding villages of the dengueaffected village in Mandla.

Daily monitoring of dengue fever cases in the state has been also started.


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