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Anti-mosquito operations will be taken up on a continuous basis, says Health Minister K. Rosaiah

  • Maximum number of cases detected in Kadapa district
  • Government launches action plan on anti-mosquito operations

    HYDERABAD: The number of persons in the State affected by dengue has gone up to 18 while the official death toll has risen to two. Out of 18 cases, 10 have been confirmed through laboratory tests while the remaining eight are suspected cases of dengue.

    The highest number of four cases have been reported from Kadapa followed by Chittoor 3, Khammam, Anantapur, Hyderabad and Nalgonda two each and Srikakulam and Warangal one each. Tribal villages nestled in forests stretching from Bhadrachalam to Upper Sileru and beyond and certain pockets in Rayalaseema have been identified as endemic areas. As lab facilities to test blood samples of the dengue-affected persons are available in the State, tests are being conducted at different places, including the Institute of Preventive Medicine, here.

    P. Venkateswara Rao, Director of Health, said on Monday that only eight cases were new while ten were detected last month.

    Those who died were a woman from Bhadrachalam who succumbed to the disease in a private hospital in Vijayawada and a man from Anantapur who died in a hospital in Bangalore.

    Meanwhile, the Government launched an action plan for undertaking anti-mosquito operations with partial funding by the Director-General of Health Services, Government of India.

    Serum test

    This followed a four-hour interaction Health Minister K. Rosaiah had with district Collectors and District Medical & Health Officers (DM&HOs) through a video-conference.

    Under the action plan, the places where mosquitoes breed such as drains and stagnant water are being sprayed with pyrethrum and malathion. Mr. Rosaiah told reporters that anti-mosquito operations hereafter would be taken up on a continuous basis and not merely when there is a public health crisis.

    Mr. Venkateswara Rao advised patients suffering from fever and convulsions to go for IGM serum test.

    He explained that dengue was normally accompanied by haemorrhage shock syndrome.

    One dies in Vizag

    SRIKAKULAM: Two suspected cases of dengue in Srikakulam district have been referred to King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, for confirmation. Of the two, one is Pappala Narasinga Rao of Chimalavalasa village in Amadalavalasa mandal, who died at the hospital in Visakhapatnam.

    The other case of suspected dengue is from Faridpeta on the outskirts of Srikakulam. He is being treated at Visakhapatnam.

    This was disclosed by District Medical and Health Officer K. Jaganmohana Rao during the video conference with Minister for Health K. Rosaiah on Monday.

    Following this, blood samples of people in these villages were collected and fogging and spraying operations were undertaken.

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