A private hospital in the city on Tuesday reported the first dengue case in the district. The 43-year-old patient is out of danger but the district malaria department has sounded an alert in the region to escalate preventive measures before the onset of the monsoon.
In 2011, 153 dengue cases were reported along with nine deaths.
The patient, who hails from Mahendergarh district, had been admitted to the hospital with a low blood platelet count and tested positive for dengue.
Dr MK Singh, consultant, Internal Medicine, Paras Hospitals said, "At the time of admission, his blood platelets count was at 70,000 (normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 1,50,000 and 4,50,000 per microlitre of blood). His condition is better now and he is likely to be discharged on Wednesday." However, the health department officials expressed helplessness to launch preventive measures earlier since the entire staff had been busy with the anti-polio campaign.
Dr Mahender Gupta, district malaria officer at the state-run Civil Hospital, said, "We are planning to start fogging in areas where dengue cases have been reported. Moreover, we will also try to survey areas visited by this patient to ascertain whether fogging is required at those places."
We would start the drive Wednesday onwards as our entire staff had been tied up with the anti-polio drive, he added.