Kalahandi: Mosquito-borne disease ‘dengue’ seems to be spreading its tentacles in Ladugaon panchayat under Koksara block in Kalahandi district very rapidly, after 20 more samples which had been sent for test found positive on Monday.
With the arrival of the fresh medical reports the total number of patients affected by the vector-borne disease in the panchayat has jumped to become 44.
District administration had sent around 200 blood samples from the panchayat for test following the detection of the first dengue case in the area some six days ago. While the reports of at least 100 samples were received in the first phase, 20 of those were found positive with the dengue virus.
While 100 more test reports are awaited, the number of affected persons is most like to increase in the panchayat, informed a health department official.
Among the dengue affected persons 8 have been admitted to Bhawanipatna DHH and 11 are being treated at a hospital in Vishakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, 5 patients are under treatment at Ladugaon hospital and only one has been rushed to Burla in Sambalpur.
A medical team has been sent to Ladugaon panchayat by the state health department and it is camping there for last three days. A major sanitation drive is being undertaken in the area to contain the disease.
Meanwhile, Dharmagarh MLA Puspendra Singh Deo, Kalahandi Collector Dr Parag Harshad Gavali and CDMO Saroj Kumar Tihadi have reached the panchayat to take stock of the situation.