VIRUDHUNAGAR: In a shocking development seven children have died in a span of ten days due to suspected outbreak of dengue in the district. However government doctors blame it on self medication.
According to sources the mysterious fever started spreading in Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Ram Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Housing Board Colony at Rajapalayam Taluk in the district.
The first victim was Hansini (5), of Thiruvalluvar Nagar in Rajapalayam, who died on Devcember 20 after vomitting blood, which was suspected to be dengue. The girl’s mother, Banu, and her one-year-old brother, Praveen Kumar, were also hospitalised. Several people in these areas are suffering from this mysterious fever.
Six more children: Karthika (10), Sivasandhya (3), Sundarapandian (1), Karthik (15), Vignesh (10) of Rajapalayam Taluk and Selvaganesh (2) of Srivilliputhur Taluk have died due to the mysterious fever within the next 10 days. Official sources blamed it on lack of hygiene. After heavy rainfall in Rajapalayam and Srivilliputhur Taluks, these pots with water have become the breeding ground for mosquitoes which caused the spread of the fever in these areas. But, immediately after the death of the 5-year-old girl, a team of medical officials rushed to these places to provide treatment. Joint Director of Health Services M Kathiresan said all the seven children died due to suspected dengue and it could be confirmed only after getting the results of the tests.