More than 60 people, including 50 children, have died in the past 10 days from ‘dengue hemorrhagic fever’ – a severe form of the dengue virus – in western Uttar Pradesh. The majority of those cases – 50, including 40 children – were reported from Firozabad district and surrounding areas.
Health Ministry sources told NewsMadura that more than 50 percent of the 200 or so samples collected in Firozabad and nearby areas had tested positive for dengue.
“A team from the WHO (World Health Organization) told me that this is ‘hemorrhagic dengue’, which is very dangerous… children’s platelet counts suddenly drop and there is a lot of bleeding,” said Chandra Vijay Singh, the magistrate of the WHO Firozabad district. , also said.
A six-member team from the NCDC, or National Center for Disease Control — made up of entomologists and experts in vector-borne diseases — has been rushed to the affected areas.
The team is expected to submit its report on Monday.
“The central medical team, led by Tushar N Nale of the National Center for Disease Control, has visited us to review the situation,” Alok Kumar Sharma, the superintendent on duty of the government’s medical university in Firozabad, told yesterday. PTI news agency. .
Sources also said authorities are treating the results of the cases as an “outbreak” of dengue.
Aside from Firozabad, other districts in western UP – such as Mathura and Agra – have also reported an increase in cases, and hospitals are overflowing with patients suffering from viral fevers and dehydration.
In Mathura, 60 km from Firozabad, 11 children died in 15 days – all from one village. The state government said the deaths were due to vector-borne diseases, mainly dengue.
Fifteen people have been killed in the area so far.
Footage from a government hospital in Hapur, about 100 km from Delhi, showed an outpatient clinic for pediatric (child) patients full of patients – mostly young children accompanied by their mothers.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has lashed out at the state government. On Twitter, she claimed more than 100 people had died from viral fevers across the state, questioning whether Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had learned anything from “the horrific consequences of disastrous Covid management”.
Yogi Adityanath has visited Firozabad and said all measures will be taken to help patients. The district’s top health official was transferred after the Chief Minister’s visit.
In addition to ‘dengue hemorrhagic fever’, cases of scrub typhus or bush typhus have also been confirmed by samples tested. This disease is caused by the bite of infected fleas (larval mites) that can be found in shrubs and thickets.