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Dengue threat looms large in Jamshedpur, 10 cases confirmed

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Jamshedpur : Dengue and viral fever is spreading across the steel city, with affected people continuing to pour into hospitals and nursing homes on Thursday.

In 2013, there have been 10 dengue positive cases detected at lone vector test lab of Kolhan in MGM Medical College, Dimna. The patients samples were sent from Tata Main Hospital (Bistupur) and Mercy Hospital (Baridih).

As per data available with the Integrated Diseases Surveillance Program (IDSP) office of East Singhbhum, out of the 10 cases, four patients were from Seraikela Kharsawan district and six from East Singhbhum district. There have been no casualty in dengue cases so far in 2013.

Doctors in the city blame the rise in dengue cases to the deteriorating hygene in the city. They said that if the civic bodies do nothing, the number of cases could spiral out of control.

However, the resurfacing of dengue positive cases has prompted the East Singhbhum district health department to direct the district filaria for a change in strategy adopting to counter vector (Aedes Aegypti) menace.

The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart from undertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas.

“As per latest directive of the district civil surgeon we have asked our men to carry out fogging exercise in the affected areas of Jugsalai and Mango with focus on identifying and destroying unused containers storing waters in houses and localities and educating locals about steps to prevent breeding of dengue vectors,” said the official.

This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area.
“We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of dengue do not come from outside, rather they generate from the household things like flower-pots, coolers water, rejected tyre kept on the roof top or in the corner of the garden.

So we must ensure that there is no such place where water is stagnant for sometime,” he noted.

He said that the administration will launch a special drive to create awareness on dengue and the Health Department will monitor the onset of the disease.

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