Measles has affected around 300 persons, including children, in the city in the last one week. The outbreak has been reported mostly from five colonies in Aska Road area and three in Old Berhampur.
The viral disease, which mostly infects children, starts with fever. Subsequently, a patient also suffers from cough, running nose, blurred vision and body rashes.
Ganjam Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Suryanarayana Routroy, said the number of patients has increased in a week’s time as many of them do not seek immediate medical help.
Meanwhile, the Ganjam administration has taken several measures in the wake of the rising temperature. Collector Kishen Kumar has urged people not to move out between 12 pm and 3 pm. He has also directed government health centres and the MKCG MCH to open control rooms and special air-conditioned wards to take care of sunstroke victims. This apart, ‘jala chatras’ will be opened at various places in the City and district.
CDMO Routray said special sunstroke wards will start functioning from March 15 to June 15.