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Dengue alert in Manipur

Imphal, Oct. 27: The Churachandpur district administration has sounded a dengue alert in the district after a 17-year-old girl tested positive for the disease.

Official sources said the girl was confirmed suffering from dengue after a series of tests were conducted, including one at the microbiology department of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Sources said the girl and another woman from the district recently returned from Delhi, which has seen an outbreak of dengue and doctors advised them to undergo tests after finding symptoms of the disease.

The girl was studying in Delhi while the other woman, aged 34, was working there. Officials suspect that they carried the disease from the national capital.

The other woman, however, tested negative. Officials said the girl was recovering.

A medical team collected blood samples from the duo on October 18 after reports of a dengue-like disease affecting some people at Chengkongpa village in the district headquarters broke out.

“We have taken adequate measures to tackle the situation. We have also sounded an alert in the district. The administration in cooperation with the office of the chief medical officer will do whatever is necessary to deal with the situation,” deputy commissioner of the district Jacintha Lazarus said.

The district administration has appealed to the people to get their blood samples tested as a precautionary measure.

This is the second time dengue has been detected in the district.

In November last year, more than 90 people were affected by dengue but there were no loss of lives.

Dengue outbreak was first reported in Manipur in the border township of Moreh in Chandel district in November 2007, in which one girl had died.