174 test pos­i­tive for dengue in a month

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB/U'KHAND - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

De­spite the on­set of win­ters, a sud­den surge in dengue cases has been wit­nessed as the dis­trict health depart­ment has con­firmed 244 pos­i­tive cases in this year so far. Com­pared to last year’s 222 dengue cases, this year, the num­ber has risen to 244 till date.

With 174 new cases re­ported from Oc­to­ber 10 till now, there is an in­crease in dengue cases in past 30 days.

In ad­di­tion to dengue, eight malaria case have also been re­ported. Al­though, the num­ber of Malaria pa­tients have de­clined from last year’s 26.

The cases of vec­tor-borne dis­ease — dengue — mostly oc­curs from July to mid No­vem­ber.The dis­ease is trans­mit­ted from the bite of Aedes mos­quito, which usu­ally tar­gets vic­tim in the morn­ing. Th­ese mosquitoes gen­er­ally breed in dirty and stag­nant wa­ter, mostly in cool­ers, AC trays, mud pots, un­cov­ered buck­ets and wa­ter con­tain­ers.

Dis­trict epi­demi­ol­o­gist of­fi­cer (DEO) Dr Madan Mo­han said, “The rea­son be­hind the surge is that the tem­per­a­ture range — be­tween 16 to 32 de­grees — is suit­able for the mosquitoes to breed.” “No ca­su­alty has been re­ported this year due to dengue and malaria. Also, no case of chikun­gunya has been re­ported this year,” he said.

DEO said, “Ow­ing to the hike in dengue cases, the health depart­ment has is­sued 267 chal­lans of ₹500 each on spot­ting dengue lar­vae at any place. Last year, only 164 chal­lans were is­sued to peo­ple af­ter in­spec­tion.”

“We have com­prised 15 teams to work for the anti–larva cam­paign this year. Com­pared to the other ci­ties in Pun­jab, the sit­u­a­tion in dis­trict is un­der con­trol,” he said. “The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (MC) and health depart­ment is con­tin­u­ously con­duct­ing an­ti­mosquito fog­ging and aware­ness camps at schools and vil­lages through­out the year,” he said.The re­cent dengue cases pa­tients have been re­ported from areas like Baba Bakala, fol­lowed by Navi Abadi area, Ma­jitha Road, Bangla Basti and Indira Colony among areas.

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Com­pared to last year’s 222 dengue cases, this year, the num­ber has risen to 244 to date.

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