The Bihar Post

After floods, dengue strikes Patna; health dept on alert

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PATNA: The continuing water-logging on the streets of Patna post incessant rains has resulted in alarming rise in cases of dengue in the state.

According to an official report, close to 1,000 people including 650 in Patna alone have tested positive for dengue in Bihar and the number of cases is swelling very fast.

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This has alarmed the local residents who already are battling with water-logging and are trapped in their homes due to water-logged streets.

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Authorities though said they have launched fumigation drive to combat the disease from spreading in an epidemic form.

“A team of medical experts told us that the vector density of mosquitoes is increasing but at the same time 24 teams are spraying Temefos to kill the mosquitoes,” Bihar’s health secretary Sanjay Kumar told a news agency on Sunday.

Health officials said most of the dengue cases have been reported from Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh, Bazar Samiti, Bhutnath Road, Patliputra, Rajiv Nagar and Ashok Nagar which faced heavy water-logging after incessant rains last week.

More than 10 days after the rains stopped, quite many areas in the state capital remain heavily water-logged with two to three feet of water accumulated there. This has turned into an ideal breeding ground of the flying insects.

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