The number of dengue cases in Odisha has reportedly increased to 5,535 this year after the authorities confirmed 31 new cases on Saturday, although the toll from the virus has remained at nine.
A senior state health official said that of the 31 new cases, the highest (11) have been reported from the coastal district of Jajpur followed by the district of Jagatsinghpur, which reported eight cases.
About 73 patients are undergoing treatment at present in the Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College in Cuttack, 26 km from here. Five of them are receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of the hospital, the official added.
Last year, 6753 people tested positive for dengue in the state and the toll was five.
However, on Friday, the Bihar government has warned and directed health officials to initiate preventive measures and provide treatment after over 150 dengue cases reported, according to officials.
"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.
Meanwhile, Official S. Sinha said, a total of 18 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at the special dengue ward in the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
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.
Dengue claimed one life in Patna last week when Abhay Kumar from Transport Nagar died, officials said.
Worried over rising dengue cases from new localities in Patna, the district administration has started an anti-mosquito fumigation drive.
Principal Secretary (health department) Deepak Kumar said he has directed to expedite fumigation drive to check and control the disease.
Till date, dengue cases have been reported in Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Siwan, Jamui, Nalanda, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Samastipur, Saran, Nawada, Begusarai and Bhojpur districts.
(With inputs from IANS)[Tags, Dengue, Orissa, Rise on cases, Jaipur, Bihar, Alert, Warning, Patna, Sambhusaran Singh, S Sinha, Patna Medical College and Hospital)