Silchar, Sept. 26: Two cases of dengue have surfaced in Cachar district triggering concern among the residents.
According to unofficial reports, two cases of dengue have been detected after the extensive clinical tests in a private diagnostic centre in the town during the past 10 days. Both patients, Chandrima Dutta, a 50-year-old writer and poet and her son Arjun, 26, belonged to a leading businessmanís family in the town. Chandrimaís husband, Asit Dutta, a tea planter, said today his son was the first one to be down with viral fever about 10 days ago. A blood test in a leading clinic here had confirmed that the fever was caused by the bite of a female mosquito Aedes aegypti.
Besides running a high temperature, Arjun had complained of severe bodyache. He also had purple-coloured rashes on his body. Dutta, the owner of a tea garden in the Cachar district and the president of the Cachar Foodgrain Merchantsí Association, said his son was now on the road to recovery but was still very weak. He has lost around 10kg. The doctors here have diagnosed his dengue virus as NS type 1. His wife, Chandrima, was recovering.
There is, however, no official confirmation about the prevalence of dengue among the local people in Cachar district. Shilpi Barman, principal of the Silchar Medical College and Hospital at Ghoongur, said no patient with dengue symptoms had been admitted.
The joint director of the state health and medical directorate in Cachar district, Bijoylakhmi Das, also said till now there has been no case of any dengue-afflicted person being admitted to any government-run hospital or health clinic in Cachar district.