Even as the State government claims to be taking every possible step to contain the dengue outbreak, the situation seems to be slipping out of control. The outbreak has now spread to 16 of 30 districts in the State.
According to information from three government medical college hospitals, of the 124 blood samples tested in the hospitals, 29 tested positive for dengue.
“Out of 93 samples, 19 tested positive in the SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack while seven out of 22 samples in the MKCG Medical College Hospital, Berhampur and seven of nine samples in the VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla tested positive,” said a Health Department bulletin here on Saturday.
Ever since the outbreak, as many as 161 out of total 389 samples have tested positive.
Initially, the fever was confined to Angul, Sundargarh and a few more districts. However, by Saturday, it had spread to 16 districts creating panic among people and officials.
The districts where blood samples were found to be positive include Angul, Jajpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Khurda, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Kendrapara, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Jharsuguda and Rayagada.
Angul continued to be most affected as 15 new cases were detected in the district on Saturday.