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Dengue Claims Two More in India

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According to health officials, the number of people who have died due to dengue in Kadayanallur and adjoining rural areas in the southern district has risen to 10 with these two deaths since April.

| May 14, 2012

TIRUNELVELI — Two more persons, including a six-year-old child, fell victim to dengue in Tirunelveli on Saturday as the illness threatens to assume epidemic proportions, the Times of India reported.

According to health officials, the number of people who have died due to dengue in Kadayanallur and adjoining rural areas in the southern district has risen to 10 with these two deaths since April. The two deceased were identified as Sharmila (6) daughter of Kumaresan of Udayampuli near Mukkoodal, about 40 kilometres from Kadayanallur, the epicentre of the outbreak and Hassan Mohideen (58) of Vadakarai near Alangulam. The two were admitted in the government hospital at Tirunelveli since May 10.

The dengue outbreak was reported from Kadayanallur region way back in 2009 when a number of deaths were reported. This year, in April, three persons died sparking fear of dengue though officials were on a denial mode initially. Later they admitted that the cause of death was dengue and sprang into action.

"We have taken unprecedented precautionary measures to curtail the spread of dengue. Besides, intensive treatment is being given to persons admitted in the government hospital. Health teams are visiting the villages regularly to find if anyone has symptoms of the disease to commence treatment at an early stage itself,'' Mohideen said.

According to health officials, the number of persons who have died due to dengue in Kadayanallur and adjoining rural areas in the southern district has risen to 10 with these two deaths since April.

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Source: Times of India

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