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Seven confirmed cases of dengue in the Nilgiris: health officials

Steps being taken to eliminate mosquito breeding

Efforts are being taken by the health department and various local bodies in the Nilgiris to eliminate breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, to prevent outbreak of dengue fever.

Health officials said that seven persons in the Nilgiris were confirmed to have contracted dengue over the last few weeks and are being treated in both the Nilgiris and in Coimbatore. The confirmed dengue cases heightened concerns among health officials of an outbreak in the Nilgiris.

Dr. S. Porkudi, Deputy Director of Health Services, Nilgiris district, said that the areas surrounding the residences of all seven people who had contracted dengue were inspected and all potential mosquito breeding grounds were destroyed.

“During our inspections, we were able to confirm that there was no active breeding of the aegypti mosquitoes. Further, all seven people who have contracted the fever have travel histories to neighbouring districts, from where we anticipate they were exposed to the mosquitoes,” said Dr. Porkudi.

Door-to-door checking

In a bid to prevent breeding grounds for the mosquitoes to get established near densely populated urban areas in the Nilgiris, Udhagamandalam, Gudalur and Nelliyalam municipalities have engaged 10 designated daily-breeding checkers, who have been tasked with going door-to-door and checking on whether there are any spaces in homes or buildings where water can collect and form puddles where the mosquitoes prefer to breed.

Health department officials also said that timely action, including the dispatch of teams by the health departments from neighbouring districts to the Nilgiris during the rains and consequent floods, prevented the spread of communicable diseases.

Though there had been reports of illness in pockets of Gudalur and Pandalur, health officials inspected the areas and have concluded that there has been no outbreak of dengue.

“In particular, we were informed of the deaths of a father and his son within a space of a few weeks. However, when we conducted an investigation to identify the source of the deaths, we learned that the father was an alcoholic and the deaths of him and his son were unrelated,” said Dr. Porkudi.

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