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Outbreak of dengue suspected in Kalaburagi

High alert:Patients suspected to be suffering from dengue undergoing treatment at the Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital in Kalaburagi on Sunday. —Photo: Arun Kulkarni  

The suspected outbreak of dengue in thickly populated localities here has sent panic signals among Health Department officials and medical teams have been rushed to these localities to collect blood and urine samples for tests.

At least seven persons belonging to a family in Bilalabad and Mominpura have been admitted to the Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital with symptoms of dengue in the past one week and their blood samples have been sent to Bengaluru for confirmation. Initial tests at local laboratories have proved that these patients were suffering from dengue.

Five patients, including a girl, are undergoing treatment in the hospital for dengue. They have been identified as Hyder Ali (22), Syed Fatima (15), and Akbar (11) whose house located in Bilalabad, and Ali Asgar (18) and Abbas Hyder (13), who lived in Mominpura.

Adnan and Nasarfa Fatima, who also had dengue symptoms, were discharged a couple of days ago. Nasarfa Fatima is a medical student in the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and had come to her parents’ house in Kalaburagi on a holiday.

Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil, who is also the district in-charge Minister, visited the hospital and instructed the doctors to provide the best possible treatment to the patients. He also said that the government would bear the expenditure of their treatment.

Mr. Patil said that instructions had been issued to Health and Family Welfare Department officials to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

District Health and Family Welfare Officer Sajjanshetty has cancelled his leave and will report to duty on Monday.

He said that medical teams were already in Bilalabad and Mominpura to take up a survey of patients suffering from fever and draw the blood samples of those suspected to have been affected by dengue. They would be sent to laboratories for confirmation.

Kalaburagi City Corporation authorities have also been asked to take up fogging in the affected areas to get rid of mosquitoes.

They have been told to clean drains and take steps to prevent water logging in localities. Umesh Jadav, Parliamentary Secretary on Health to the Chief Minister, also visited the hospital.