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Thursday, July 21, 2011

India : Dengue alert after death

Via The Telegraph :

" Concerned over the death of a youth, who was suspected to be suffering from dengue, the district administration here sounded an alert across the town to prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr Vikrant Kindo, the chief district medical officer (CDMO), held discussions with district collector Sailendra Narayan Dey to find ways to combat the possible outbreak of the disease.

An emergency meeting of the municipal council was held today where the councillors were sensitised on sanitation in their respective areas. He also emphasised on the need to get rid of stagnant water to stop breeding of mosquitoes.

Sources said the youth, Dipti Prakash Ray from Balangir, was referred to a private hospital in Burla after he was suspected to be suffering from dengue. He tested positive at the hospital in Burla and was referred to Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela for treatment. However, Prakash died soon after reaching Rourkela on Monday. “The additional district medical officer (ADMO-public health) visited the house of the deceased and collected blood samples of the other family members,” said Kindo.

Panic gripped Balangir after the news of Prakash’s death. Local residents complained that the municipal authorities had done precious little to prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the town."

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