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Two more dengue cases reported in Gurgaon

The two affected with the ailment have been identified as a 2-year-old boy from Rewari and a 23-year-old man from Gurgaon Sector 21

gurgaon Updated: Aug 05, 2017 22:36 IST
Ipsita Pati
The number of suspected dengue cases in Gurgaon has also risen to 58.
The number of suspected dengue cases in Gurgaon has also risen to 58.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

Two more people tested positive for dengue on Saturday, taking the total number of cases reported this year in Gurgaon to five.

While a 2-year-old boy from Rewari was diagnosed with dengue by a private hospital in the city, a 23-year-old man residing in Sector 21 also tested positive for the disease.

The number of suspected dengue cases in the city, too, has risen to 58, setting off alarm bells in the corridors of the health department and leading to hospitals in the district stepping up effort to prevent an outbreak.

“We have already issued guidelines to all hospitals and are in the process of ensuring that they are being followed. All patients are currently under treatment. We do not want the disease to spread,” SS Saroha, deputy civil surgeon, civil hospital, Gugaon, said.

All hospitals have arranged for screening, isolation ward and case management capability with ventilator support in a bid to meet any emergency.

Wary of an outbreak, the health department has already deputed officials to carry out fogging at several areas of the city, including sectors 21, 45, 46,10, 9, 5, 44, 50, 38, Jharsa village, DLF U block and Wazirabad, as most of those who tested positive for the disease are residents of these areas.

On Wednesday, a 26-year-old resident of Jacobpura tested positive for dengue at the civil hospital. A Hisar hospital, too, reported a confirmed dengue case to the health department. The 30-year-old patient was found to be a Gurgaon resident.

The city reported its first dengue case this year on July 28. The patient was identified as a 22-year-old resident of Sector 45.

“We have asked the patients and their family members not to panic. We are in the process of spreading awareness among the residents on dos and don’ts with regard to malaria, dengue and chikungunya. People should not wear sleeveless and should avoid visiting parks in the evening, as the mosquitoes, especially the ones that are considered to be the carriers of such diseases, are more active at that time,” BK Rajora, the chief medical officer, Gurgaon civil hospital, said.

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Private hospitals in the city also advised residents to use mosquito repellents. “Dengue is a disease that rapidly spreads during the monsoon season. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus. They are also considered to be the carriers of chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika infection. If the disease is diagnosed early, dengue patients could be cured easily,” Dr. Mayank Goel, consultant, pediatrics & neonatology, Paras Hospitals Gurgaon, said.

Last year, the city had hit a four-year high with regard to the number of confirmed dengue cases. The district health department recorded as many as 401 dengue cases. In 2013, 175 cases were reported, up from 375 cases reported in 2012. Again, 86 and 381 cases were reported in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In 2016, the city reported 38 malaria cases, down from 67 in 2015, 79 in 2014 and 212 in 2013.

Dengue details

Year---------------Number of cases

2011--------------------469 (1 death)

2012-----------------375 (3 deaths)

2013---------------------175 (3 deaths)

2014-------------------86 (0 deaths)

2015------------------381 (0 deaths)

2016-----------------401 (0 deaths)

2017------------------5 so far (0 deaths)