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Monday, August 22, 2011

India : Dengue returns to haunt city

Via Times of India :

" LUCKNOW: It seems that the dreaded dengue is trying to stage a comeback in the city. And if health officials are to be believed, then more than 40 people have tested positive to dengue in government hospitals in the last few weeks. In Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, 15-20% cases of high fever have been found dengue positive.

"We get fewer cases than other hospitals, because we are a tertiary care centre," said Prof Abbas Ali Mahdi, spokesperson, CSMMU. Director, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Dr RS Dubey also acknowledged the presence of dengue positive cases. At least an equal number of cases may be gathered from private centres.

Experts say that prevention is the only way out as the city is a good breeding ground for tiger mosquito that causes dengue. "Sites of ongoing construction work in the city are full of places, where the dengue causing mosquito can breed. And this has already made a large number of people sick with dengue fever. A significant number of them are reeling with more severe forms of dengue, which are haemorrhagic fever and shock syndrome," said Dr Sunil Verma of a private hospital who has seen some 35 cases in August alone."

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