Mysterious fever creates panic among villagers

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15 from South Valliyoor admitted to Government Hospital

Ill health:Patients being treated at Valliyoor GH on Thursday.
Ill health:Patients being treated at Valliyoor GH on Thursday.

Afflicted by mysterious fever, 15 patients from South Valliyoor have been admitted to the Government Hospital at Valliyoor.

One patient from Valliammalpuram near South Valliyoor, Ramesh, has been referred to Government Medical College Hospital at Aasaripallam in Nagercoil for further treatment. His blood samples have been sent for analysis for suspected dengue.

According to the patients suffering from high fever and body pain for the past two days, the drinking water supplied from the overhead tank in the village was contaminated as the tank was not cleaned for the past few months. Moreover, the overhead tank had not been properly closed with a cover.

“Most of the villagers suffered nausea and subsequent fever after consuming this unclean water. Moreover, no step has been taken so far to contain mosquito menace despite repeated appeal from the villagers. So we suspect that most of us have been afflicted by either a mysterious viral fever or dengue,” said N. Chandra, a villager.

Doctors attending to the patients from South Valliyoor say that they had been afflicted by a viral fever and there was no need for any panic as the patients had started responding to medication.

At the same time, blood samples collected from a few patients have been sent for clinical analysis for dengue and chikungunya as they were suffering from excruciating pain in the joints.

Following this development, a medical team has been deployed to screen the entire village.

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