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Saturday, October 16, 2010

India : Dengue spreads tentacles in steel city

Via The Telegraph :

" 27-year-old dies of suspected disease, lack of awareness blamed for rising cases

Jamshedpur, Oct. 15: A slew of measures notwithstanding, dengue is refusing to ease its grip on the steel city, which saw its latest fatality yesterday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Sumitra Mahto of Ichagarh, who was admitted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) with fever a few days ago, died of suspected dengue, taking the toll to three since September.

According to sources in the health department, Sumitra was first admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital, but as her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to TMH. Last month, 17-year-old Sagar Purty and a doctor, B.M. Nayak, had died of dengue.

So far, 232 suspected cases have been reported from various hospitals and nursing homes in and around the city though the East Singhbhum district civil surgeon’s office has not confirmed the figure.

District epidemiologist Satish Tripathi said, currently, 54 patients were under treatment at TMH. Elaborating on the pattern of rise in number of suspected dengue cases, he said 20 were reported on October 11, followed by 12 each on October 12, 13 and October 14. Three patients are at present admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital."

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