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Officials on alert after dengue incidence

S. Ganesan

Hospitals asked to report cases with dengue symptoms to Health Department

TIRUCHI: At least 57 dengue cases have been reported in the district, most of them from the city, between April and September this year.

The incidence was on the high side in the city, where 42 cases were reported during the period. Fifteen other cases were reported from rural areas of the district.

Health Department officials said that the cases reported were based on the findings of preliminary tests at various hospitals. The department sent about 20 serum samples for further testing to the K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital, which is equipped with a test kit approved by the National Institute of Virology. A few of the samples sent to the hospital had tested negative, the Deputy Director of Health V. Veerapandian said.

Situation not alarming

Patients with suspected dengue symptoms have been admitted in private and government hospitals. Conceding that a few cases have been reported in October also, Health officials, however, emphasised that the situation was not alarming.

“We are monitoring the situation and steps are being taken to check the spread of dengue,” Collector Ashish Vachhani said.

The Corporation had worked out a programme to carry out anti-mosquito fogging and spraying larvicide. Employees of primary health centres had been asked to monitor the situation in rural areas, he said.

All hospitals and diagnostic centres have been asked to report cases with symptoms of dengue to the Health Department.

Some institutions had already been doing so.

P.K. Rath, Director, Doctor’s Diagnostics, said he had reported about 25 cases in August and 40 more in September.

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