Dengue cases in HP rise; touches 105

Dengue cases in HP rise; touches 105

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As many as 105 people in Himachal Pradesh have been affected by Dengue so far, with three more cases being registered on Saturday.

Majority of the cases are being reported from Bilaspur district.State Communicable Diseases Officer Dr Sonum Negi said that three more Dengue patients were admitted in the district Bilaspur by this afternoon. First case of the outbreak of the deadly disease came to light on May 29.

A central team of medics and authorities are camping in Bilaspur since Thursday to assess the situation.Negi said that since the very first day of the outbreak, a team of Health Directorate and other senior officers was keenly observing the situation in the infested areas. He said that a four-member team of pathologist led by Dr Anmol has been sent to the affected areas. No fatality has been reported so far.

According to health experts, there is no need to panic as most of patients arriving in the hospitals are in the first stage of infection and most of them are out of danger. With the help of local administration, an ICMR team identified more than ten spots which are highly susceptible to dengue infection.

Chief medical Officer Bilaspur said that most of cases have been reported form Dyar area adjoining Bilaspur town. Locality of the town located close to Govind Sagar -reservoir of Bhakra Nangal Dam. Following the outbreak, the local civic body also creating awareness among the masses to urging them to keep the area neat and clean.

After the first case, a inter department meeting was convened by DC Bilaspur to tackle the outbreak which is under control now as joint teams of IPH, Health, Public Works and Education departments were striving hard.

Massive drives are on to clean the public places and fumigate the most infested areas. No death related to this outbreak has been reported so far, Negi confirmed.

Joint Director Dr Ajay Kumar has advised the people against leaving stagnant water around their homes. He has asked them to clean out empty flower pots and not to over water potted plants. If the container water cannot be emptied, then cover it well when not in use, he added.

Turn over empty utensils and buckets so that they do not collect excess water and ensure window and door screens do not have any holes, he said.

In dengue affected area, residents should wear protective clothing cover as much of their skin as possible. Mosquitoes are more likely to be found in areas where they can breed, such as stagnant pools, Kumar said. (UNI)