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Finally, health department wakes up to dengue menace

punjab Updated: Oct 25, 2012 21:29 IST
Satinder Pal Singh

The health Department has finally swung into action after a spurt of dengue cases in the city.

Staff of the health department, led by epidemicologist Gurmanjeet Kaur, on Thusday visited several areas in Tripuri and carried out sprays of insecticide. The move comes when the mosquito menace has assumed alarming proportions, giving residents sleepless nights.

Chief medical officer (CMO) Usha Bansal said that dengue is caused by the species of mosquito known as Aedes Aegypti. The virus is transmitted from an infected mosquito to humans, and stagnant water is the breeding ground. It is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person.

She advised that after seeing symptoms - including chills, headache, pain upon moving the eyes, and backache -- people should go in for tests only in the microbiology department at Rajindra Governemnt Hospital. "Also, we have advised people to consult doctors immediately if they have fever."

Surveillance teams are being sent in the affected areas from where dengue cases have been reported. "The team have carried out fogging and liquid spraying on public plots, and is distributing pamphlets for awarness among the people," she added.