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Dengue cases on the rise

Guwahati, Nov. 16: The number of dengue cases in Kamrup (metro) district has risen to 395 and officials of the state health department are stepping up efforts to fight the menace.

Four persons have died of dengue in the city so far. Testing for the disease is done in two phases. But seeing the rising number of infections, health officials have decided to start treating patients who test positive in the initial test without waiting for further confirmation.

The blood samples are sent for confirmatory tests at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

“Till now 395 people have tested positive for dengue. But even though we are yet to receive the reports of the confirmatory tests of a few of these patients, we are considering them to be infected with dengue as they tested positive during the initial test. All hospitals have been instructed to provide the necessary treatment to these patients and to monitor them closely so that their condition doesn’t deteriorate,” said S. Choudhury, joint director of Kamrup (metro) district health service.

Twenty-two patients are currently undergoing treatment for dengue at GMCH and several more have been admitted to several private hospitals here.

The health department and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation are counting on fogging operations to kill the adult aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue virus to humans. But with the rate of infection increasing, health workers have now begun spraying open drains to kill the mosquito larva that breed in stagnant water.

“The platelet count in dengue patients may go down and he/she may require blood transfusion. These platelets are available at the blood bank of the GMCH. All blood banks should have this facility to separate blood components so that patients can access them easily,” said Partho Gogoi, director of the health and family welfare department.