Senior players of Indian cricket team are under the threat of dengue fever as dengue-causing mosquito larvae have been found in a fountain of the hotel where they are staying for a Ranji Trophy match in the city.
Health department officials confirmed that water of the fountain situated at the main gate of Apple Tree, a three-star hotel, was on Saturday found infested with the larvae of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
The department has issued a notice to the hotel management, seeking an explanation over the issue within three days.
“During the anti-larvae drive, our officials went to the hotel where Team India players are staying and found larvae in two ponds situated at the hotel gate,” said Gyanendra Mishra, district malaria officer.
He said that the department has also detected larvae in Mela Plaza hotel, which is situated in the same locality.
Senior players like Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Ghambir, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Ashish Nehra are staying at Apple Tree for a match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Taking up the matter seriously, managements of the two teams sought an explanation from organisers. Vijay Dahiya, coach of Delhi team, said, “We have alerted all players over the issue and have asked them to take extra care. Our organisers have told us not to get panic.”
Meanwhile, the hotel management has closed down the fountain till the further orders from the malaria department. “We clean up the fountain every day and there is no stagnant water in it. The malaria team has found larvae in the fountain pond. The pond has been dried up and closed,” said Joy Mukherjee, operation manager of Apple Tree.
Rakesh Mishra, president, Ghaziabad Cricket Association, said, “We are only concentrating over the matches. It is a concern area of the health department and hotel management. Players are safe from any kind of disease.”