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Dengue strikes again: Death toll in West Bengal reaches 11

West Bengal death toll reaches 11 due to dengue

Written by Agencies |Updated : August 7, 2016 11:19 AM IST

Mosquitoes and their deadly sting continue to haunt public health. In West Bengal this year the toll due to dengue deaths has reached to 11 since January. Recently a 40-year-old man from Suri in Birbhum district was reported to have died from dengue.

In the last 24 hours, 152 new dengue cases were reported from various districts of the state, state Director of Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy said. Talking about the latest death, he said the deceased hailed from Birbhum and worked as a labourer in Howrah where got infected by dengue. Here are 10 practical tips to prevent dengue and be mosquito-free.

He was admitted to Suri hospital for the last couple of days and died yesterday while the health officials were waiting for his reports to come in and ascertain if it was dengue. The new cases of dengue infection sum up to 1422 people infected by the virus since January, Mr Satpathy said adding that these cases were mainly reported from Srirampore in Hooghly district. There were reports of new cases from North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and Nadia districts and a few isolated cases from north Bengal, he said. Here is a 10 step guide for speedy recovery from dengue.

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Satpathi said the health department is trying to ascertain the viral strain that is circulating this year. The state government had issued a warning against letting water stagnate in any premises. Various government arms and private bodies have been asked to raise public awareness to prevent a major outbreak of diseases. Previously Satpathi had said, Four different strains of the dengue virus are responsible for the disease: DENV1, DENV2, DENV3 and DENV4. In 2014, in Bengal the DENV1 and DENV3 strains were mainly prevalent. In 2015, we saw the more fatal DENV2 and DENV4. We are yet to establish which of the four is circulating now. It will take some time. The death toll at that time was seven. Seems like the state needs to gear up to fight the mosquito attack.

Source: IANS

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