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Updated: September 18, 2013 10:09 IST

Dengue fear grips city

Shastry V. Mallady
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Breeding spot of dengue? A scene at the Suriya Nagar, in Madurai where stagnant water pools are a perennial problem. Photo: S. James
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Breeding spot of dengue? A scene at the Suriya Nagar, in Madurai where stagnant water pools are a perennial problem. Photo: S. James

As AIADMK councillor’s daughter succumbs to fever

Dengue fever has claimed an early casualty in the city.

Fourteen-year-old Sahana Bindhuja, daughter of AIADMK Councillor M.Shahirsha of Ward 17, representing Ellis Nagar, died at a leading private hospital in the city in the early hours of Tuesday following severe bleeding and a fall in her blood platelet count.

According to hospital authorities, the girl was shifted to the hospital at 6.30 p.m. on Monday on the advice of a paediatrician in Arasaradi.

She had high fever for the past few days and was admitted to a private hospital here in a critical condition. Despite ventilator support and emergency dengue control treatment, the girl succumbed at 2.55 a.m.

Hospital sources said lab reports had confirmed that the girl had tested positive for dengue fever.

Said City Health Officer Yasodha Mani, “Places such as Anaiyur, Vilangudi, Ponnagaram and Aathikulam are vulnerable to dengue fever and our teams have stepped up surveillance. Mosquito source reduction activity has been initiated to cover all the 100 wards.”

The city had 80 suspected dengue cases from March to August this year of which 18 cases tested positive.

Three vulnerable districts – Madurai, Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari – have been put on high alert.

Director of Public Health K.Kulandaisamy told The Hindu over phone that a rapid response mechanism had been put in place in the three dengue- prone districts.

“After the recent rains, we have to be vigilant since these three districts had more dengue cases last year. Our focus is on containing vector- borne and water- borne diseases as well,” he added.

Mosquito control is a concerted effort by all the residents in the locality. Fumigation is not the solution for mosquito control, rather the mosquitoes develop resistance to the insecticides. All the residents in the locality should be involved in discarding all unwated water holding wastes like plastic cups, containers, tyres, bottles etc and close properly all water holding containers. Care should be taken to clean the spill trays of fridges, A/C units and window sills/sunshades. All constructions sites should be inspected for mosquito larval breeding and emptied immediatly. Then only mosquito menace will be under control.

from:  Ila
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 04:01 IST

chikunguny and dengue are man made problemsboth in urban and rural Tamil Nadu. Rain water collects in all receptacles causing breeding of aedes egyptii mosquito. In rural areas, due to inadquate and erratic supply of water, people store water innappropriately for long periods thereby breeding mosquitoes spreading Dengue and Chikungunya. To reduce the risk of spread of this disease, action should be both individual and collective at village / community level to dispose unwanted waste material and proper storage of water, unless this happens then only Dengue and Chikungunya will be under control. civic bodies for its part should ensure stiff penalties for breeding these mosquitoes. The individuals and communities should not see them as pests but as diseases spreading insects and prevent their breeding. The writer is a scientist at National Inst. of Epidemiology, Chennai.

from:  ila
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 at 06:53 IST

Ellis Nagar,the small Mecca for Mosquitoes is well known.Unless the Corporation will regularly fumigate the area,there will be no respite.

from:  Kandasamy Koomarasamy
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 at 01:51 IST
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