With two persons testing positive for dengue, the district administration geared up to tackle the disease as the district had reported highest 438 dengue cases in the State last year.
Sources said the recent case was reported from Gudupahi village under Chandipur police limits on Friday when one Tapan Kumar Bhuyan (38) was admitted to the district headquarters hospital with high fever and body ache.
ADMO (medical) Shasanka Sekhar Choudhury said the patient had been admitted in the special ward for dengue patients and treatment was on. “We have sent his blood sample for test. The report is awaited,” he added.
Tapan is believed to have contracted the disease in Visakhapatnam where he was working under a civil contractor. On July 22, Mayadhar Dash (20) of Nilakanthapur village under Bahanaga block was diagnosed with the disease. He is being treated at SCB Medical in Cuttack.
CDMO Anup Ghosh said there was no reason to panic as the district health administration had taken several steps to prevent the spread of the disease. A drive is underway to drain stagnant water besides fogging is on to kill larvae of aedes aegptyi, the mosquito that causes dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Collector Parameswaran B held a meeting with the officials of the revenue and health department on anti-dengue measures and directed the authorities concerned to launch anti-dengue drive by involving anganwadi and ASHA workers, sweepers and volunteers.
It was decided to supervise draining out accumulated water in residential units. A public health counter will be opened in each ward in the municipality area.