TIRUCHY: The Corporation health officials for the first time are planning to consider every In-patient fever case (IPC) as dengue fever, paving the way for patients to undergo early diagnosis.
Health officials said they have received seven cases in October alone, while the total stands at 56 over the past few months.
Further, the IPCs’ houses would be visited and source reduction would be carried out for a radius of 200 metres.
Health officials said the number of dengue fever cases was 37 in August, but the number quickly spiked to 56 in October. However, officials maintained that they have keenly been watching the scenario and they would curb number of cases by taking strong measures.
“Taking into account seasonal changes, we will consider even common fever as dengue at this juncture so that we can prevent the disease.
“Further, the households of the patients will also come under the scanner,” S Mariyappan, City Health Officer (CHO) told Express.
Going by the numbers, seasonal changes remain a primary factor due to which people contract dengue.
Half the cases this year were detected in July. The worst was October, where there were as many as four cases were detected in a single day.
“Our staff is visiting households in efforts to eradicate dengue. The public should also keep their surroundings spic and span,” Mariyappan said. Unlike previous years, awareness on dengue has reached every corner, he claimed.
It may be recalled that there was a outbreak of dengue fever in 2012 and 878 cases were witnessed.