With two more persons succumbing to dengue fever in Jammu and Kashmir, death toll due to the vector-borne disease in this season has reached to nine while as 15,679 people have been found positive for this dreaded disease till date.
Giving information about the recent two deaths, quoting official sources newspaper Daily Excelsior reported that a 26-year-old female belonging to Nai Basti (Gajansoo, Jammu) succumbed to dengue fever late last night while a 50-year-old man living in Janipur area died due to dengue virus, early this morning. “Both the deceased persons were undergoing treatment in Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu,” they added.
Sources further informed that as on date, tests of 15,679 people have been conducted for dengue virus, of which 4870 turned out positive for the virus. They said that 3,894 cases (around 80% of total cases registered in J&K) have been reported alone from Jammu district, followed by 404 from Udhampur, 167 from Samba, 116 from Doda, 86 from Reasi, 73 from Kathua, 47 from Rajouri, 31 from Ramban, 22 from Poonch and 13 from Kishtwar district.
In Kashmir region, they said only 6 positive cases have been reported so far while 11 cases of locals were reported from other States/UTs. Sources further informed that a total of 220 tests for Dengue were conducted today in the Union Territory and out of these 57 were found positive with 46 cases reported from Jammu district, 6 from Kathua, 3 from Samba and 2 from Udhampur district.
Giving figures of dengue cases reported from the UT in last 7 days, sources said 203 people were found positive for dengue on October 21, 263 on October 22, 206 on October 23, 91 on October 24, 37 on October 25 and 164 on October 26.
Meanwhile, an official of Health Department said that all measures are being taken by the Health Department in collaboration with Jammu Municipal Corporation to control the increasing trend of Dengue cases. He advised the citizens not to allow water to stagnate inside and outside their houses and change water in flower pots/money plant pots after every 7 days and does not allow stagnation of water in scrap materials such as old tyres and cans on their roof top or neighbourhood.
“People should also prevent themselves from mosquito bites and for this they should use mosquito repellents and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants,” newspaper Daily Excelsior quoted the official as having said.