Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Two cases of suspected dengue fever reported from Pashukadavu and Kothod at Maruthongara panchayat have been confirmed positive after tests conducted at Medical College Hospital.

They are being treated at the MCH and the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences.

A total of eight suspected dengue fever cases were sent by the District Medical Office. Results are awaited on one suspected chikungunya case reported from Vanimel. District Medical Officer (DMO) Betty Jose said there had not been significant increase in viral fever cases.

Source reduction activities are proceeding on a war footing at Maruthongara panchayat, which has recorded a high vector index. Health Department workers, MGNREGS labourers, ASHA and Kudumbasree volunteers are conducting door-to-door awareness and source elimination activities there.

Maruthongara grama panchayat president R. Indira said the focus was on eliminating sources of mosquito breeding rather than fogging as it was discovered last year that fogging was not effective in mosquito elimination as the vector spread from a high incidence area to other areas. Water-logged plots, potholes or drains were being covered or chlorinated, she said.

Dr. Betty said fogging was now being conducted in areas with high vector indices like Maruthongara, Chakkittapara and Balussery . Vector prevalence would be checked next week after the fogging was complete, she said.

Ms. Indira said 20 persons were reported in the last one week to have contracted viral fever. She said the Ekkal region in Maruthongara had the highest vector index and source reduction activities were being focussed here.

Dr. Betty said two medical camps each had been conducted at Maruthongara and Perambra. The Collector and the DMO would visit the Kuttiady block on Wednesday.