Spike in dengue cases observed in eastern parts of India

Genus Aedes' larvae, a mosquito responsible for dengue fever and caught by Indian municipal corporation of Delhi. Photograph:( AFP )

WION West Bengal, India Aug 03, 2016, 03.38 PM (IST) Pooja Mehta
As India’s national capital struggles with dengue outbreak, a spike in dengue cases has also been reported from eastern parts of India. 

Besides the national capital, the vector-borner disease is spreading rapidly across several states in the eastern region of India including Odisha and West Bengal. 

As many as 3,000 cases of dengue have been reported in the last few weeks alone in Odisha, health officials inform. Dengue has spread across 25 districts in the state; while 2,400 cases have been reported from silver city Cuttack and Barbil area of Keonjhar district. 

About 1,216 dengue patients have been identified from Keonjhar district alone, the state health department observed. 

Meanwhile, in West Bengal, over 1,000 cases have been reported in the last few weeks, according to health officials, and as many as seven people have died in the last five days. 

The deceased dengue victims included eight and nine year old students of a renowned school in West Bengal. Also, many children have been admitted to hospitals across the state with high fever and other symptoms of dengue. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a high-level meeting with state officials yesterday in a bid to combat the rising cases of dengue being reported across the state. Banerjee said besides dengue, measures have been taken to combat all the other vector-borne diseases. 

In north-eastern state of Assam too, more than 180 cases of dengue have been reported from different parts of the state in the last few weeks, health officials say. Officials further observe a recent spurt in cases of dengue being reported from across the north-eastern states of India. 

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