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Bengal Reports Surge in Dengue Cases

by VR Sreeraman on August 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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 Bengal Reports Surge in Dengue Cases

A senior health official in West Bengal has reported spike in dengue cases with more than 100 people affected by it.

"So far there are 109 patients who have been confirmed as suffering from dengue. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. The menace is on rise but we have taken measures to control it and it will bear results very soon," director, health services B.R. Satpathy told IANS.

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When the endemic first came in fore in the second week of August, the number of confirmed cases was 80.

For the last few days, several people in and around Kolkata have been admitted to several hospitals with symptoms similar to dengue.

The state government has decided to launch an intense awareness campaign throughout all the disease prone areas, and also to train 142 medical officers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to tackle the menace, as most of the confirmed cases are reported in the city.
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"The efforts taken by the health department and the government have already started bearing results but it will take some time to control the situation. Tomorrow (Friday), we will hold a review meeting to take a stalk about the entire situation in the state," said Satpathy.

Source: IANS
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