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27 malaria cases reported; docs advise precautions

Harshraj Singh , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, June 19, 2013
First Published: 23:02 IST(19/6/2013) | Last Updated: 23:04 IST(19/6/2013)

 Even though the rainy season has just begun, as many as 27 cases of malaria have been reported to the health department from various parts of the district so far.

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However, sources with the health department claimed that the figures could be much higher.
Meanwhile, with the malaria cases on rise, doctors advised the residents precautions, asking them to prevent breeding of female Anopheles mosquitoes, the vector that carries malaria parasite to human being. Stagnant water at various places and objects are breeding ground for mosquitoes that cause dengue and malaria.

Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, said the situation was still under control, but the residents should follow precautions to prevent breeding of mosquitoes carrying dengue and malaria parasites. He said the health department was also sensitising residents of various localities to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, as awareness can protect people from diseases.

Dr Navjot Singh, professor at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), said the cases of malaria could increase further in the season, as stagnant water provide breeding ground to mosquitoes.

Talking about its symptoms, Dr Singh said: “High fever, shivering, vomiting, nausea, headache, cough, rashes are common symptoms. In severe cases, bleeding is also possible and patient can become unconscious. In some cases, a person can suffer from seizures and blood sugar level can also fall.”

He further said it could also affect various vital organs; hence doctor should be consulted timely. He further said medicines were available for the treatment of malaria.
Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said three patients of malaria were under his treatment.

Meanwhile, the residents are demanding timely fogging so that diseases could be prevented. Harjit Singh of Gurubagh Colony said the stagnant water problem was common at his locality, so that the authorities concerned should ensure proper fogging.

The doctors, meanwhile, advised the residents not to allow water to accumulate around their house and spray insecticide.

Around 180 cases of malaria and more than 400 cases of dengue were reported last year in the district.

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