Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 19
The deadly dengue seems to have gripped the district as 38 fresh cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported on Tuesday. Of 38 cases, 24 were reported from Patiala city alone. With this the district count of dengue cases has now risen to 246. As many as 76 cases have already been reported over the last 48 hours.
The Health Department said Patiala city was worst hit by dengue. Of the 246 positive cases in the district, 147 are from the city, 28 from Rajpura town, 14 from Nabha, three from Samana, and 54 from different villages across the district.
Dr Sumeet Singh, district epidemiologist, said that some areas in Patiala city had turned into hotspots after positive cases were reported repeatedly therein. The areas are Abchal Nagar, Ekta Nagar, Tafazalpura, Factory Area, New Mehar Singh Colony and Preet Nagar.
Health officials visit Bathonia village
Meanwhile, a team of the health officials visited Bathonia village in the Rajpura block after reports of many villagers suffering from fever.
The village on Tuesday reported three positive cases which raised alarm bells. Dr Jagpalinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Rajpura; Dr Sajila Khan, Deputy Medical Commissioner; and Dr Sukhminder Singh, Assistant Health Officer; visited the village to assess the situation. The team found dengue larvae there and said that fogging was required. The health officials, who were part of the team, carried out indoor residual spray at the residence of dengue positive patients. The team collected around 20 blood samples from the village.
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