Berhampur, October 26 (LocalWire): Locals in Ganjam are worried that incessant rains during the last three days may further lead to a rise in dengue cases in the district that has already reported 210 confirmed cases of the disease this year.
There is a likelihood of an increase in Dengue during the days to come since several areas in the district are water-logged providing ample breeding ground for the larva and mosquito, health experts said.
The district has received widespread rain in the last three days due to low pressure formed at the Bay of Bengal.
Official sources said that out of the total 1,776 blood samples tested since 1 June, over 210 samples were found dengue-positive in the district.
Health officials, however, said that most of the patients were infected with the vector-borne disease in other states.
“Of 210 patients, 151 got the infection outside of the state, while the rest 59 were infected in their localities,” district malaria officer (DMO) R Jagadeesh Patnaik said.
“They were inflicted with dengue outside the state and returned to their native villages in the district for treatment,” he said adding that around 75 dengue cases were reported during the last one month.
The district had recorded 155 dengue cases in 2018.