Sidharth Tanmoy Dash

Ganjam: Residents of Sanatulashipalli village of Bhanjanagar block of the district are in a state of panic due to an unidentified fever that has gripped as many as 37 villagers of the area.

“Nearly 2-3 members of each family of the village have been affected. While the NMO and Asha workers carried out blood tests and gave some medicines terming it as cold and fever, what concerns us is that large number of people have been affected by it,” said father of a patient, Pratap Chandra Nayak.

According to sources, the village is home to around 30 families and most of the persons affected are poor and unable to afford treatment in health care centres.

On being informed about the situation, Bhanjanagar sub divisional medical officer (SDMO) Pitambar Dash has directed immediate arrangements for the treatment of the fever-affected locals, added sources.

"RBSK team, ANM and male workers have been sent to the village to look after the affected patients and provide primary treatment. Blood tests of the patients proved negative in malaria test. Therefore we suspect it to be case of viral fever," informed Dash.