Puducherry has been dealing with a fresh outbreak of dengue fever after 10 new cases were registered at the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Postgraduate Institute, taking the total number to 70 cases over the last month.
Two of the dengue cases from the neighboring Tamil Nadu and all of the patients are said to be in stable condition after receiving treatment for the condition. The Puducherry government has set up a special ward with 26 beds dedicated to dealing with dengue cases while blood banks in the region have reportedly started stocking up with platelets to make sure that the patients will be able to receive platelet transfusion in time.
The Director of Health and Family Welfare Services, KV Raman revealed that the government has launched an awareness campaign in order to prevent the spread of dengue fever and said that emptying out water containers in the region will ensure that the disease carrying mosquitoes do not breed.
"The principal vector mosquito Aedes aegypti breeds in clean and stagnant water. It takes more than eight days for the larva to transform into a mosquito and if we clear water-holding containers in and around our locality we can prevent breeding of mosquitoes thereby preventing the outbreak of diseases", Raman said.