Bihar on High Dengue Alert as More Than 150 Cases Reported

The Bihar government has sounded a high dengue alert after reports of over 150 cases, 23 of them in Patna alone. All the health officials have been alerted to take up immeidate preventive measures and provide treatment, officials said on Friday.

"In the past 48 hours, 23 new dengue cases have been detected in Patna alone and the total number of people afflicted with the disease has risen to 80 in Patna," said health department official Sambhusaran Singh.

About 18 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at the special dengue ward in the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), its official official S. Sinha said.

So far, the state has received reports dengue cases from Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Siwan, Jamui, Nalanda, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Samastipur, Saran, Nawada, Begusarai and Bhojpur districts.

Singh said officials have been asked to kill mosquito larvae and to clean areas. They have been directed to take preventive measures to check its spread. One case of death from dengue was reported last week from Patna by name Abhay Kumar from Transport Nagar, officials said.

Worried over rising dengue cases from new localities in Patna, the district administration has started an anti-mosquito fumigation drive. Principal health secretary of the state Deepak Kumar said he has directed to expedite fumigation drive to check and control the disease.

Bihar, particularly the Nalanda region is frequented by foreign tourists, especially from Japan as it is the centre of the Buddhist pilgrimage package in Asia.

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