With six new cases of dengue being reported in Indore on Tuesday, taking the total number of positive cases to 16, alarm bells were sent ringing in the health department.
The patients range from 20 to 54 years of age and come from different parts of the city, which is major cause for concern as it shows that the spread of the fever is not restricted to a particular group or pocket of the city. Of the 16, two patients, aged 32 and 45 respectively, are from Gurunanak Colony.
"The dengue mosquito bites during day time. Since a person is usually awake during that time, and does not allow the mosquito to bite easily, the vector is forced to hop from one person to another. This makes the disease even more deadly and epidemic," said Dr GL Sodi, in-charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Indore.
Once a patient is tested positive, it is a race against time for the health department to nip the problem in the bud. "Usually, when we get confirmation of dengue, we carry out anti-larvae activity along with anti-adult mosquito activity in fifty houses from the spot where the patient was living," said Dr Sodi.
However, he said people will have to show vigilance in making sure there is no stagnant water in or near their residence. "Though the situation is under control of the department, it is better that people take precautions, including visiting a doctor if they get fever as dengue can be fatal for senior citizens and young children," he said.
Dengue is caused by mosquitoes that bite in the day time
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant clean water
Overhead tanks and water in swimming pools should be changed once a week to disrupt the 10-day gestation period of mosquitoes
High fever with chill is a symptom of the disease
In extreme cases of the disease, internal bleeding and bleeding from nose and mouth may be observed; this stage is usually referred to as dengue shock syndrome.
Another patient tested positive for H1N1
A 57-year-old woman was tested positive for H1N1 on Tuesday. Undergoing treatment at Choithram Hospital, the woman's condition is said to be critical. This is the third case of swine flu this month, taking the total number of cases since January to 501.
"The woman was travelling from Pune and visiting the city during the festive season. After she complained of cold and cough, she was admitted to the hospital where she was tested positive for H1N1," said Dr GL Sodi, in-charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Indore.
Woman dies of swine flu in Jabalpur
A 64-year-old woman died of swine flu at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital here. The woman had tested positive for the flu on Sunday and subsequently was admitted in the medical college hospital.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital superintendent Dr. Rajesh Tiwari said the woman was infected with swine flu.“Presently one patient is undergoing treatment for swine flu in the college hospital and his condition is stable”, he said.