Over a dozen dengue cases were reported at Navaneetham Nagar in Thirupadiripuliyur area here on Friday.
All of them have been admitted to the special ward in Cuddalore Headquarters Government Hospital.
On information, District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo, along with sanitary workers and student volunteers, went to the place to launch a cleaning campaign.
Mr. Ratnoo made a door-to-door visit impressing upon the residents the need for keeping the house and surrounding places clean.
He stressed that by no means should people allow water to stagnate at any place.
The Collector told them that all articles such as discarded tyres, coconut shells, plastic articles and broken bottles should be removed and sent to shops dealing in scrap materials.
Two ponds in Navaneetham Nagar had turned into cesspools, which became an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Fogging was done to destroy mosquitoes. Mr. Ratnoo said that the district administration, in coordination with the Health Department and the civic body, had launched a relentless battle against Aedes mosquito.
The official machinery had been geared to combat the disease.
Mr. Ratnoo, however, sought the cooperation of people in this endeavour of the district administration. He also warned of penal action against those who would indiscriminately dump garbage and failed to bale out stagnant water.
Student volunteers went around distributing pamphlets on ways to curb the proliferation of Aedes mosquito and how to destroy the vector at larval stage.
The Collector told presspersons that as of now about 40 patients hailing from various places across the district were undergoing treatment at the government hospital. He stressed that “card test” would be misleading and only Elisa test would decisively establish dengue case.