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Dengue cases on the rise in HP, govt sounds alert

Shimla, July 9 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Government on Monday sounded an alert in the state, after an increase of dengue fever cases reported in more areas as the monsoon rains picking up.
As per reports, the outbreak registered 30 new cases in the state with 22 cases surfaced in Parwanoo Subdivision of Solan district and eight new cases reported from Bilaspur and Ghumarwin in last 24 hours.
State Communicable Diseases Officer Dr. Sonam Negi told UNI that number of Dengue positive cases went up to 126 at Bilaspur district while 22 new cases were reported from Solan district.
Nearly 50 patients who are tested positive for Dengue virus are under medical observation, Dr Negi said.
As the monsoon season becoming aggressive, the outbreak may increase and the department sounded alert in the dengue prone areas asking people to take proper measures including personal protection and the environmental management of mosquitoes.
State and Central Medical Research Institute have already taken swift actions to tackle the outbreak, he said.
In Parwanoo, many patients were admitted in private hospital and the cases may be more, the medical officer said, adding a joint operation has been launched in Bilaspur, Ghumarwin and Parwanoo subdivision where health officials, IPH and Public Works departments are creating awareness and ensuring fumigation of public places.
He said that Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, spreads dengue fever as its larvae grows in fresh water and it lay eggs more than one thousand at single time. The Dengue virus multiplies in the mosquito blood and it carry forward through larvae in 10 days long life cycles.
First case of Dengue reported in the state on May 29, which became a sudden increase with new cases.
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