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7 new dengue cases in Doon

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Seven new cases of Dengue were reported in the provisional State capital on Tuesday taking the number of people affected by the disease to 84 this season. Incidentally, all cases reported on the day are residents of Dehradun. Another worrying factor is that all the new patients are between the age group of 16 to 25 years of age.

The surfacing of seven cases of dengue in a day is an indication that the disease is on rise. This situation when seen in context of onslaught of Swine flu in Dehradun, could pose serious problems to the residents of the city. The unseasonal Swine Flu cases has so far affected 146 people in the State capital and taken lives of 16 patients. The District in-charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Dr Puneet Chandra said 84 cases have been so far been reported positive for the dengue this year, out of which 37 are from Haridwar district, 34 from Dehradun, two from Tehri, one Chamoli and Rudraprayag while nine are residents of neighbouring districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The department has collected samples of 2,998 patients this year out of which 84 patients have been found positive in Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) which is the confirmatory test for the disease.

The health department had reported as many as 1,434 cases of Dengue last year after collecting samples of 41,325 suspected patients. Large numbers of patients were reported from Lakhibagh area of the city. Incidentally the number of dengue cases witnessed a sharp increase last year from 829 cases reported in the year 2015.

Dengue is spread by Aedes Aezypti or tiger mosquito. It has characteristic stripes on its body due which it is called tiger mosquito.      




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