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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

No let-up in denguecases, crosses 180 mark

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19, 2013
First Published: 20:32 IST(19/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:35 IST(19/10/2013)

There has been continuous rise in suspected dengue cases in the district with figures crossing the 180 mark.

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Most of the cases are being reported from industrial town Mandi Gobindgarh, where migrant population lives in slums. In the past two months, there has been a constant inflow of patients with dengue fever from Mandi Gobindgarh.

The patients are undergoing treatment at various private hospitals.

Even though the peak season for the spread of dengue is over, the dengue cases are showing no signs of abating.

Expressed their concern over increasing dengue cases, the health department authorities said most of the dengue cases were reported from slum areas whereas only a few cases were coming from rural areas.

Fatehgarh Sahib civil surgeon Dr Neelam Bhardwaj said the department was spreading awareness in people about safeguards from dengue fever and was also carrying out fogging throughout the district.

"We have provided facility for the treatment of dengue to various hospitals for the earliest treatment of dengue,"she added.

She also asked people not to panic and advised them not to allow water get stagnated in and around their houses.

Patients and their relatives are, however, facing a tough time arranging blood.

Medical laboratories are on a brisk business as hordes of patients are being prescribed dengue-detection test.

Some people are even recommending the use of goat milk and Kiwi fruit for bringing up the blood platelet count and the rate of these items have sky-rocketed.

Municipal council, Mandi Gobindgarh, president Harpal Singh Nasrali said local municipality was making their best efforts. He said fogging was done in the affected areas and officials had been directed to ensure that there was no water logging in their areas.

He said some medical practitioners are creating confusion among people about dengue.

According to experts, symptoms of dengue include fever accompanied by severe headache, muscle and joint pains and rashes. Dengue is also characterised by abdominal pain, persistent vomiting and difficulty in breathing.

High-risk patients include children, the elderly, pregnant women and immuno compromised.

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