Patiala reports first dengue case of the season

Government hospital nurse infected by the vector borne disease; administration ramps up testing facilities, sets up dengue ward

Patiala reports first dengue case of the season

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 15

Amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Patiala reported its first dengue case of the season on Friday.

The first victim of the vector-borne disease this season is a government hospital nurse. It has been learned that the patient had developed fever before she was tested for dengue.

Till now, 88 people in the district have been tested for dengue. 

Patiala Health Department urged the residents to take necessary precautions, saying that the disease could prove fatal if people don’t take necessary precautions.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said, “Public is being regularly made aware of controlling measures. Everyone should take care of their house and surroundings.”

He further said that a dengue ward had already been set up at the government hospital while testing has been started at Government Rajindra Hospital, Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital, and Nabha Civil Hospital.  

According to the Health Department, a total of 2.97 lakh houses have been covered so far. 

Dengue larvae were detected and destroyed at 1,231 places. Meanwhile, 600 house owners have been issued warning notices where dengue larvae were found during an anti-dengue drive.

Dr Sumeet Singh, the district epidemiologist, said that if stagnated water was not drained out soon, it might prompt breeding of mosquitoes in a large number.

 

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