Dengue stings 16 more in Lucknow, tally rises to 347

LUCKNOW: Dengue virus carrier, female Aedes aegypti mosquito stung 16 more persons in the state capital on Tuesday. The number was second highest after Saturday’s 24 and took the tally since January to 347, of which an alarming 78% (274) have been reported in September alone. Since Aedes aegypti mainly lays eggs in fresh water accumulated near residential units, there was a spurt in the cases due to the rains.
One of the main reasons for the spike is stagnant water puddles which were left unattended and uncleaned by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and residents for days after September 16. Since then, on an average about a dozen cases are being recorded in the city. Fresh cases were reported from localities in Turiya Ganj, Aliganj, NK Road, Chandernagar, Chinhat and Indiranagar. Patients included an elderly and five women.
Seven patients are admitted at Balrampur hospital, five at Lokbandhu hospital and three at Civil hospital. One patient visited a private hospital’s OPD. Health officials said all the patients are out of danger, but under observation. In charge of vector-borne disease unit, Dr KP Tripathi said, “Health authorities are ensuring anti-larvae spray in localities from where cases are being reported.”.
“The health department teams also found Aedes mosquito breeding at 21 houses in various localitites,” Dr Tripathi added.

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