Dengue Strikes 947 In Uttarakhand

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Dehra Dun : Despite the authorities claiming that more than 200 teams were active in the city fogging various areas, sanitizing houses and spreading awareness amongst the people to adopt preventive measures against the diseases, the number of dengue cases in the cities continues to rise with every passing day.

On Monday 271 blood samples were taken of which 24 were found positive of dengue. This takes the number of cases in the state capital to a whopping 854. Besides there have been as many as 59 cases in the holy city of Haridwar and 45 in the hill station of Nainital. The latest addition is Pauri from where one positive case was reported.

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State health authorities claimed that there was a scare amongst the residents of the city and to make matter worse even viral fever was spreading amongst the people. “Because of this, even those suffering from viral fever are rushing to the hospitals and wanting that their blood samples be taken and tested for dengue when they are just suffering from fever, which has put unwanted extra pressure”, they added.

However, what is disturbing is the fact that the number of patients reporting positive for dengue are spread out in various localities of the city. Earlier the maximum number of cases were reported from Pathribagh area of the city, and it was initially felt that it may be be concentrated to the region, but with passing days positive cases have been reported from various other localities of the city, indicating that it is fairly widespread.

State health authorities said that the department in other districts of the state had also been asked to take preventive measures and spread awareness amongst the people. As of now only four districts have been affected but there are fears that it could spread to other districts also, so no chances are being taken, they claimed.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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