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Home-grown dengue scare

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  • Published 9.09.10

Ranchi, Sept. 8: Dengue has arrived on Jharkhand’s doorstep with two confirmed cases reported in the last two days.

Both patients are under treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). While one developed the symptoms in Delhi, the other appeared to have contracted the virus in the state.

CRPF constable L. Romen Kumar Singh, a resident of Moirang in Manipur, has been in the state for last three years and was last posted at Nimiaghat in Giridih district. He fell ill on his return to his Chas headquarters from his post on September 2.

“I had high fever on September 2. The next day, I was admitted in Bokaro General Hospital, from where I was shifted to RIMS yesterday. After spending the night at the emergency ward, I was shifted to the isolation ward this morning,” Singh said.

A nurse attending on Singh said he had undergone platelet transfusion and was recovering. She said it was the first time she had came across a patient who had contracted dengue in the state. “Of the two dengue patients, one got infected in Delhi. Mohammed Ibrahim (28) was admitted around 5pm and shifted to the isolation ward late last evening. But Singh has come from Chas,” she said.

Health secretary D.K. Tiwari also admitted that this was the first time he had heard of anyone contracting dengue in the state. “Maybe the jawan caught the virus from somewhere else,” he said.

Tiwari, however, said he had asked the public to take precautions against the disease. “Medical officers have already been directed to fight dengue and malaria,” he said.

Dengue is transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti or more rarely the Aedes albopictus mosquito.