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Friday, August 26, 2011

India : Dengue rides monsoon wave, 26 struck ill

Via Times of India :

" KOLKATA: The spectre of dengue is hanging heavily on the city. With Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) records showing 26 positive cases in the past two months, the virus seems to be striking the city quite early. Among the affected is cricketer Sourav Ganguly's daughter Sana. Though the number has not reached an alarming figure, doctors said that it is always wiser to take precautionary measures

Hospitals and nursing homes, too, are not taking any risk. They are making it a point to send blood samples of fever patients to be tested for dengue.

"Whenever we get patients with complaints of high fever we send the blood samples to test for dengue and malaria. But fortunately, we have not got any positive dengue case yet," said Anupam Nandi, general manager Dafodil Nursing Home, Lake Town.

All the 26 cases recorded by KMC have been reported from the civic body's malaria clinics across the city. Virologists said that Kolkata falls into the dengue endemic zone and hence the city gets sporadic cases of dengue fever every year."

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