Threat Of Dengue Looms With Onset Of Monsoon | Patna News

Patna: With the onset of monsoon, the threat of several vector-borne diseases, including dengue, has started looming. The state has officially registered 37 dengue cases till June 22 and maximum 21 from Patna. However, no death due to dengue has been reported in the state this season.
State programme officer for national vector borne diseases control department, Dr Binay Kumar Sharma said, “The break-up of cases reported till June 22 shows that apart from Patna with maximum cases, Bhojpur district had reported three cases, Madhubani and Saran two cases each. Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Lakhisarai reported one case each. Two more people, who had tested positive for dengue in Bihar, were from outside the state.”
Dr Sharma said that as far as chikungunya is concerned, the state has so far reported one case which is from Patna.
“The national vector borne diseases control department has taken initiatives to spread awareness among the people and a letter has already been sent to all district vector borne disease control officers, asking them to carry out awareness programme and observe the month of July as the anti-dengue month,” he said.
Most of the dengue cases so far had been reported from AIIMS-Patna, followed by RMRI and PMCH. A health care worker at PMCH laboratory said that the number of cases have slightly increased in recent weeks.
“There are days when five to six cases are registered. This has happened recently, after the rainfall. We have to wait to understand the trend,” he added. Talking about the patients admitted at AIIMS-Patna, Dr Divendu Bhushan, assistant professor at the department of medicine, said they have started having two to three patients in the hospital per day.
As per the pan India data available on the site of the national centre for vector borne diseases control department, total 10172 cases of dengue were registered in the country till May end and there were three deaths so far. The data for Bihar shows that there were 28 cases till the same time period, while Tamil Nadu had maximum 2548 cases.
Meanwhile, both the centres as well as the state governments have asked people to remove stagnant water, for instance clean their cooler once a week, wear full-sleeve clothes, use mosquito nets and repellents while sleeping to check dengue cases.

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