The deadly dengue, which has struck the city residents several times in the past, has begun to raise its ugly head again. Amritsar has received three suspected cases of the disease, which have put the district health authorities on their toes.
All the three suspected dengue patients are aged between 23 and 30 years and have symptoms of fever.
While 24-year-old B S Rao of the 74th Battalion of the BSF, has been admitted to Fortis Escorts hospital, the other two Ali (30), a resident of village Tangra, and Guddu (23), a resident of Katra Sher Singh, have been admitted to the civil hospital. "These three are suspected cases of dengue. There medical tests have been conducted, but the reports are yet awaited," said district epidemiologis, Dr Raju Chauhan.
He added that the patients were stable, but the development was indeed a matter of grave concern. "This is the season when there is enhanced threat of the outbreak of dengue," he said.
Dr Chauhan maintained that what had raised the hackles among the health officials was the fact that a couple of months ago the city had received two confirmed cases of dengue. "These two confirmed cases were from Gurdaspur," he said.
"The medical reports of the three new patients would be known in a day or two," he added.
Talking about the symptoms of dengue, he said that these include high fever, backache, nausea, joint pains, vomiting, pain in eyes and rashes.
The officials of the health department have attributed the outbreak of dengue to the prevailing unsanitary conditions in the city. They have urged the residents to keep their surroundings clean.
Slums and some other localities, including Maqboolpura, Mohkampura, Sharifpura and Verka, are usually the worst-affected areas with the onslaught of dengue each year. Last year, the city had more than 288 suspected cases and around 120 confirmed cases of dengue, which were more than the number of cases reported in the previous years.
Confirmed dengue cases
INFO ON DENGUE Causes (transmission)
· By aedes aegypti mosquitoes
· By infected blood transfusion
· Sudden fever
· Fever occurs in phases (breaks and returns)
· Headache and pain behind the eyes
· Pain in muscles and joints
· Inflammation of glands
· Keep your surroundings clean
· Do not allow water to stagnate
· Keep your body covered
· Use mosquito nets