Special Correspondent

KANNUR: The Health Department here has conducted medical camps as part of the measures to control the outbreak of viral fever in different parts of the district with the onset of the monsoon.

The medical camps have been conducted in the hill areas of the district, which have reported large number of cases of fever over the past few weeks. According to Health Department officials, the outbreak of viral fever has been intense in the Ayyankunnu, Kanichar, Kottiyur, Payyavur and Thillankeri panchayats. Steps have also been under way to create awareness on measures to control mosquitoes.

Of the cases of fever reported from different parts of the district, 14 are cases of leptospirosis (in the Cherupuzha and Ezhome panchayats), five cases of chikungunya (Karyad, Kanichar and Peravur panchayats) and seven cases of dengue fever (Pallikunnu, Kadambur, Ayyankunnu, Eramam Kuttur, Chapparapadavu and New Mahe panchayats).

A large number of fever patients has received medical examination at the camps conducted at Peravur, Iritty, Irikkur, Payyannur, Taliparamba, Chavassery, Angadikkadavu, Mattannur, Kelakam, Padiyottuchal, Peringome, Kannadippara and Chengalayi, among other places.

District Medical Officer T.V. Krishnan told the meeting that no deaths caused by viral fever had been reported in the district. Though one fever death was suspected to be a case of leptospirosis, it was not confirmed, he said at the meeting. A round-the-clock fever cell has been functioning in the DMO’s office here. The authorities said that village level and ward level sanitation committees have also been activated. Chlorination of water sources and water quality testing are also being conducted to ensure prevention of water-borne diseases.