Dengue beats rains in race

Monsoon hasn't arrived in Jharkhand, but dengue has.

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 25.06.18
VECTOR CONTROL: A health worker sprays DDT on old tyres in Jugsalai, Jamshedpur, on Sunday. (Animesh Sengupta)

Jamshedpur: Monsoon hasn't arrived in Jharkhand, but dengue has.

A 39-year-old woman, who was admitted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) on June 18 with high fever, tested positive for the dengue virus on Saturday night, triggering an alarm against the vector-borne disease that stalks the steel city almost every year.

East Singhbhum civil surgeon Maheswar Prasad said the first victim this year was a resident of Cable Town in Golmuri, which has had grappled with Aedes aegypti invasions for the past couple of years.

"The woman was admitted to TMH with symptoms like high fever, vomiting and loose motion, and a mild pain in the neck. A blood test on June 19 showed the presence of dengue virus and the hospital informed the district disease surveillance unit. A fresh sample was sent to the microbiology department of MGM Medical College in Dimna. The test confirmed dengue," Prasad told this newspaper on Sunday.

General manager of Tata Main Hospital Ranjan Chaudhury seconded that the patient had tested positive for the dengue virus, but stressed that she was "out of danger".

According to data collated by the integrated disease surveillance programme, 209 people had tested positive for dengue in the city in 2017 and 15 of the patients were from Cable Town alone. The highest number of cases (as many as 50), however, was reported from Baridih. In 2016, the number of dengue victims was 214 and eight of them hailed from Cable Town.

Accumulated water offers potential breeding opportunities to the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Aedes larvae are often found in old tyres, abandoned utensils, flower pots and air coolers.

The urban areas that reported dengue last year includes Telco, Bhuiyandih, Mango, Kadma, Jugsalai, Bagbera and Sonari, besides Golmuri and Baridih.

Civil surgeon Prasad said the district health department, in association with Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco and other civic bodies, had started sprinkling bleaching powder or spraying larvicides in dengue-prone pockets since April. "The drive is being intensified from today (Sunday) in the wake of the positive case," he added.