SHIMLA: With the onset of monsoon season, the hill state of Himachal Pradesh is witnessing the rise in a number of dengue cases with most of the cases being reported from Bilaspur district.
A central team rushed to the state on Thursday to assess the situation of an outbreak as more than 96 cases were registered in the hospital so far.
Senior Medical Superintendence of Indra Gandhi Medical College Hospital Dr. Jank informed that a four-member team of pathologists was also sent to Bilaspur to expedite treatment of fresh cases.
Medical examination and samples of 96 patients tested positive for the dengue. Eight fresh cases of dengue were registered on Friday.
Health experts said, ''there is no need to panic as most of the patients were arriving in the hospitals in the first stage infection and most of the patients are out of danger."
A team comprising medical experts from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reached the state on Friday to access the situation of dengue.
State health authority confirmed the outbreak of Dengue and apprised the ICMR experts that more than 88 cases of dengue virus were surfaced in Bilaspur town in the last 20 days.
With the help of local administration, the ICMR team identified more than 10 spots which are highly susceptible to dengue infection.
Chief Medical Officer Bilaspur said most of the cases have been reported form Dyar area adjoining Bilaspur town. The locality of the town located close to Govind Sagar - the reservoir of Bhakra Nangal Dam.
Following the outbreak the local civic body also creating awareness among the masses to urge people to keep the area neat and clean. Joint Director Ajay Kumar adviced the residents, they should not have any stagnant water around the home.
They should not forget to clean empty flower pots. If the container that contains water cannot be emptied, remember to cover it well when not in use. Turn over empty utensils and buckets so that they do not collect excess water. Make sure your window and door screens do not have any holes. If so, block those areas properly to eliminate mosquitoes.
In the dengue-affected area, residents should wear protective clothing cover as much of their skin as possible. Mosquitoes are more likely to be found in areas where they can breed, such as stagnant pools. Make sure there are no unnecessary collection of water in your home in old tires, pot plant dishes, he added.