Fever claims 7 more lives THE VECTOR TRAIL

Staff Reporter

More than 1,800 new cases of viral fever reported in Kollam

60,893 sought treatment for viral fever in Pathanamthitta since January

10,408 sought treatment for fever in Kottayam on Wednesday

PATHANAMTHITTA: Viral fever claimed six lives in Kottayam and one in Pathanamthitta district on Wednesday.

The deceased in Kottayam were identified as Thankamma, 65, of Ponkunnam; A.C.George, 48, of Teekkoy; John John, 75, of Vakathanam; Paulose 73 of Erattupettah; Thomas Isahaq, 75, of Melukavu, and Varghese, 64, of Poonjar. Annamma, 68, of Madamon was identified as the patient died in Pathanamthitta.

Meanwhile, official sources confirmed chikungunya infection in 25 patients in Kottayam district, in the serum samples collected from patients tested at the Microbiology Laboratory at Kottayam Medical College on Wednesday. Of the 25 serum samples tested positive for chikungunya, nine were collected from patients in Erattupettah, eight in Kanjirappally, five in Erumely and three others from patients admitted to the Medical College Hospital in Kottayam.

Official sources said that a record number of 10,408 patients sought treatment for fever at various Government and private healthcare centres in Kottayam district alone on Wednesday. Of this, 130 were suspected cases of chikungunya.

According to the District Medical Officer in Pathanamthitta, N.Damodaran, as on Wednesday, official records showed that a total of 60,893 patients have sought treatment for viral fever at various Government healthcare centres in the district since January 1.

A total of 3,030 patients sought medical treatment at various hospitals in Pathanamthitta on Wednesday and this included 120 suspected chikungunya cases, Dr. Damodaran said. He said that the total number of clinically confirmed chikungunya cases in the district went up to 71 as on Wednesday.

The Army medical team has conducted a medical camp at Kanjeettukara near Cherukolpuzha. The Army technical squad carried out fogging and insecticide spraying at Enadimangalam, Koodal, Kadambanadu, Thumpamon and in the Pathanamthitta municipal limits on Wednesday.

The Health Department has conducted 12 medical camps in different parts of Pathanamthitta. The Army Entomology Team too visited the affected areas of the district to assess the situation.

The medical team from the Southern Naval Command continued medical camps in the fever-hit areas of Kanjirappally, Mundakkayam and Poonjar in Kottayam district on Wednesday.

Suspected dengue

Staff Reporter writes from Kollam:

One person is reported to have died of dengue fever in a private hospital here on Wednesday. The person has been identified as Kunjumon Pascal, 50. But the District Medical Office (DMO) is yet to confirm the cause of death. Some test reports from Thiruvananthapuram are awaited for the DMO to confirm the cause of death.

On Wednesday, more than 1,800 fresh cases of viral fever were reported from various areas of Kollam district. The highest incidence was at Kottarakara where 405 cases were reported. This was followed by Punalur with 328 cases, Pathanapuram with 317 cases, Velinellorr with 290 cases and Kadakkal with 317 cases. At Pattazhi, the Army medical team examined 603 patients, out of which 50 had contracted viral fever. The team also conducted vector survey and fever surveillance in the area. According a report prepared by the team, the vector index is higher than normal in the area. The team also conducted fogging in fifteen areas of Pattazhi.

Medical camp

Simultaneously, the DMO also conducted medical camps and epidemic preventive operations in various parts of the district on Wednesday. At the medical camp organised at Pathanapuram, 400 patients were examined and forty five among them had fever. From among them 13 blood samples were taken and sent for examination.

The DMO also conducted 332 health education classes in the district on Wednesday. Seven areas were fogged and a nine medical camps were conducted. District Medical Officer Elizabeth John Zacharia said that in association with the Kollam branch of the Indian Medical Association, the DMO would organise a medical camp at Pattazhi on Thursday.

60,893 sought treatment for viral fever in Pathanamthitta since January

10,408 sought treatment for fever in Kottayam on Wednesday

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