The delayed monsoon this year has triggered a rise in cases of dengue in the city. The fever has already claimed two lives and the number of dengue cases continue to grow.
However, government officials have denied any dengue death and put the number of positive cases at 62.
On the other hand, a renowned private hospital in the city has tagged the figure at 68.
Going by the medical records of the Civil Hospital, 62 cases were registered from July to September.
“The outbreak of dengue cases takes place from July to September. A majority of the cases are registered during this period every year,” said Dr Mahinder Gupta, deputy civil surgeon.
Gupta said community participation and cooperation was the only way to keep the fever at bay.
“Fogging doesn’t kill the mosquitoes causing malaria and dengue. It rather increases toxic levels in the air. People should keep their surroundings as well as their air coolers and ACs clean,” he said.
As many as 156 dengue cases, including two deaths, were registered last year.
Meanwhile, authorities at Artemis Health Sciences stated that 68 dengue cases, including two deaths, had been registered at the hospital from July till September.
“There has been a sudden surge in dengue cases. Cases may increase by November,” said Dr Ashutosh Shukla, director for internal medicine, Artemis Health Sciences.
However, the city residents have complained that the authorities were not doing enough to check the spread of dengue.
“I have never seen health department officials carry out fogging during the rainy season. The area has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. I have written several letters to the official concerned but to no avail,” said Nisha Singh, councillor from Ward no. 30.
Doctors say early symptoms include fever, rashes on the body, bodyache etc. This is followed by severe pain in the abdomen, persistent vomiting, bleeding from mucous membranes — mouth, nostrils, lips, eyelids, ears, genital area, anus, extreme restlessness or lethargy and fluid accumulation in the body.
In the advanced stage, the patient’s blood pressure falls, followed by impaired consciousness and increased secretion of enzymes. The heart, lungs, kidney and liver get affected.