Dengue Cases Cross 5,000 In Odisha; Maximum From Khurda Dist

Bhubaneswar: Supported by favourable conditions due to rains, dengue cases continued to rise across Odisha with more than 5,00o persons getting affected by the disease.

Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra on Tuesday said out of 68,610 samples tested so far, 5,097 have tested positive for dengue. Of the total cases, maximum 2,133 have been reported from Khurda district, followed by 555 from Puri, 520 from Cuttack and 473 from Balasore, he added.

Stating that dengue cases are unlikely to come down so long as the rains continue, Mishra said theperiod from July to October is considered as the pick period of the vector-borne disease which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Considering this, he said prevention is the only solution to check its spread. He advised the people to keep their houses and surrounding areas clean and hygienic.

Stating that there was no reason to panic, Mishra said, “As many as 98% of dengue patients get cured by timely treatment. One should not be worried by the drop in platelet count of the patient due to the disease. Even if the platelet count drops to 20,000, the patient can recover by right treatment in consultation with doctors.”

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