14 other children undergoing treatment in hospital

: The death of four children owing to suspected dengue in the span of 10 days in Mysore district has kept the health authorities on their toes.

The suspected outbreak appears to be serious at D. Salundi village in Mysore taluk since all four children who died belonged to the village.

Also, 14 other children, who were being treated for suspected dengue at the JSS Hospital here, also hail from the village.

There are also reports of suspected dengue fever in H.D. Kote and Hunsur taluks. Though the health authorities here are yet to confirm whether the deaths were due to dengue, they have opened a temporary health centre and deputed health workers, including medical officers and nursing staff, to D. Salundi to screen patients and provide symptomatic treatment in suspected cases.

District Health Officer (DHO) Male Gowda told The Hindu that four children died due to suspected dengue. The first death occurred on May 13, the second on May 18, and the last two deaths on May 23.

Dr. Gowda gave the names of the dead as Sushmita (2), daughter of Beerappa; Preetham (6), son of Ningappa; Yashaswini (5), daughter of Nagaraj, and Ravichandra (6), son of Prakash. The children did not respond to treatment and died in private hospitals in Mysore.

The DHO said 14 other children from the village were being treated at the JSS Hospital and their blood samples had been collected for conducting the tests.

“The Health Department is on alert and has taken all measures to prevent the spread of the fever,” he said.

  • Temporary health centre set up at D. Salundi

    to screen patients

  • Cases also reported in H.D. Kote, Hunsur taluks