The death of a five-year-old due to dengue takes the death toll to two in this season in West Bengal, an official said.
The boy was admitted to the B.C. Roy Hospital with high fever and after testing positive for ELISA test he died eventually said an official at the directorate of health services of West Bengal.
Advertisement"The number of cases in Bengal this year is over 900. Around 300 cases have been diagnosed in and around Kolkata," said Malay Kumar De, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.
De said the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is taking several measures and the situation is under control. "This is the peak season and so, there is a surge in the vector-borne disease, but there is nothing to be alarmed of."
The health department has asked diagnostic laboratories to refrain from conducting the rapid test to detect dengue due to the possibility of false positive results. They have been asked to run the ELISA test.