14 suspected dengue cases in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Oct 10 (IANS) As many as 14 suspected cases of dengue, a viral fever caused by mosquito bites have been reported in Madhya Pradesh so far and their blood samples have been sent for tests to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, an official said Tuesday.
Moreover, 1,200 villages have also been identified with high mosquito density in the state.
The official, however, deny any dengue death in the state, despite three such deaths being reported at private hospitals in the state capital alone.
Bina district resident Kishore Singh Thakur died at the National Hospital on Sep 29, while Raisen district resident Rati Bai and Bhopal resident Rama Manjhi succumbed to suspected dengue fever at the Chirayu Hospital here.
But the state government denies having any knowledge about these cases.
“There has been no death due to dengue in the state. In all, around 14 suspected patients have been admitted to hospitals in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur,” said state Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora.
On the absence of dengue testing facility in the state, he said 1,000 portable dengue-testing kits have been arranged from Goa and they are being sent to places already identified with high mosquito density.
Moreover, malaria control rooms have been set up at district and village levels. Cleanliness and awareness drive is also being carried out on a war footing across the state, Rajora added.

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