Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three cases of dengue fever have been reported from the Vamanapuram area on Sunday leading the Health Department to initiate measures to seek out and destroy ‘at source’ the mosquito that spreads the disease.

Officials are trying to ascertain whether the three cases are an indication of a widespread outbreak of the disease in the area. District Medical Officer N. Sreedhar said the department had geared up to tackle the situation at Vamanapuram.

A number of cases of fever, particularly in children, were reported from the Neyyattinkara Taluk Hospital, Dr. Sreedhar said. While this may be due to the sudden change in the weather, a team from the Health Department would investigate these incidents, Dr. Sreedhar said.

The throat swabs taken from a 10-year-old boy who developed influenza-like symptoms after returning from the United States recently had been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to be tested for swine flu. The results were expected by Monday afternoon.