The Telegraph
Tuesday , October 16 , 2012
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Dengue alert in Dhanbad district

Dhanbad, Oct. 15: A suspected dengue death last night has set alarm bells ringing in Dhanbad district.

Rahul Thakur (20) died in a private hospital in the coal capital last night, minutes after he was brought in from Chirkunda, about 45km away, where he had been undergoing treatment for the last five days. Another patient from the same area, 19-year-old Pinki Kumari, is being treated for suspected dengue at Pataliputra Medical College and Hospital since October 13.

A concerned district health department launched a massive awareness drive at Junukdar in Chirkunda today, with district malaria officer R.C. Sahay visiting the spot with a team of doctors. Necessary instructions were given to health department officials as well residents of Junukudar.

Pinki Kumari’s blood samples were sent for confirmatory Elisa test today as well.

“So far, no confirmed dengue cases have been reported from any part of the district but we are not leaving anything to chance and all precautionary measures are being taken,” district civil surgeon Shashi Bhushan Prasad told The Telegraph.

Sahay added that victim Thakur worked in Odisha and came home around 10 days ago after he fell ill. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital near his home where there was no facility for ELISA tests. A Rapid Card Test (RCD), which is not recognised by the government, was carried out and the report was positive.

“There is no reason to panic and we are taking all precautions,” Sahay said, adding that people should avoid storing water for long periods to stop mosquitoes from breeding.