Special Correspondent

Highest number of cases reported from Kadapa

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

    HYDERABAD: The number of persons in Andhra Pradesh 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.

    The Government launched an action plan for undertaking anti-mosquito operations with partial funding by the Director-General of Health Services, Government of India. Health Minister K. Rosaiah had interaction with district Collectors and medical, health officers 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.