One person tests positive during survey done in four villages
Fever survey has been undertaken in four villages in Madurai district on Thursday in view of outbreak of a mysterious fever.
Health department officials intensified fever prevention measures in Peria Chittuloti, Chinna Chittuloti, Parapatti and Karvettanpatti n Peraiyur taluk of T.Kallupatti block in the district. While three persons died of fever in Peria Chittuloti in the last few days, eight others of the same village have been admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai on Wednesday.
District Malaria Officer Latha Freeda Joan told The Hindu that as a random check, blood samples of two persons were taken and sent to the Department of Virology of Madurai Medical College for medical investigations. One person Kanthakumar (47) has tested positive for dengue fever. “Following the confirmation of the report, we are doing constant follow-up in Peria Chittuloti and surrounding villages for 15 days. A preliminary report was sent to the Collector and Directorate of Public Health. The condition of fever patients is stable,” she said.
According to her, the exact reasons for death of three persons could not be ascertained because they were very old and had age-related health problems.
“Our department is taking preventive measures and the blood tests will reveal whether the villages are in the grip of dengue, typhoid, chikungunya or Japanese Encephalitis,” Ms. Joan said. As of now, eight persons, including five children, had been treated at the GRH for fever.