Dengue scare: 20 more tested positive in Kalahandi village

Kalahandi: Tension gripped residents of Ladugaon village under Koksara block in Kalahandi district after medical examination reports of 20 more patients from the hamlet which arrived today confirmed presence of dengue virus.

“Of the 218 blood samples sent for examination, 44 have tested positive so far,” informed Kalahandi CDMO, Dr. Saroj Kumar Tihadi.

While, eight out of the 44 dengue affected patients have been admitted to the Bhawanipatna hospital, some are undergoing treatment at their houses and a few others have opted for private hospitals in Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Raipur, sources said.

The number of dengue cases are expected to increase further, unconfirmed sources said. Locals alleged that the water discharged from the 12 to 13 rice mills near the village gets clogged in a near the village canal leading to breeding of dengue mosquitoes in the stagnant water.

Meanwhile, a team of medical officials have been camping in the village since the last three days and taking steps to control the mosquitoes by spraying anti-larvicides. A massive sanitation drive has also been undertaken to contain the outbreak.

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The officials are also visiting door-to-door and sensitising people about the importance of keeping the environment clean.

On Sunday, the Sub Collector of Kalahandi visited Ladugaon and took stock of the situation.