Downpour added sting to dengue in Lucknow

LUCKNOW: The spurt in dengue cases due to water stagnation in many areas after last week’s heavy rainfall continued on Wednesday with two confirmed and 13 suspected patients reporting at city hospitals in the past 24 hours.
The extensive water-logging after the downpour subsided in six days, but left behind puddles at construction sites, vacant plots, in abandoned objects. This stagnant water has not yet been cleaned and is serving as breeding haven for mosquitoes including dengue carrier Aedes aegypti, said experts.

Of 177 confirmed dengue cases in September so far, almost one third have come in the past six days. Though Covid-19 has subsided, the city is already witnessing a spike in viral fever cases. Experts warn if cleaning exercise is not taken up by civic agencies on war footing, there could be an outbreak of mosquito and water-borne diseases Among new cases, two serious patients admitted to emergency ward of Lokbandhu hospital were diagnosed with dengue through the ELISA test. Besides, 13 patients who visited OPDs of Lokbandhu Hospital, SPM Civil Hospital and Balrampur hospital tested positive through card method. Their samples have been sent for the confirmatory tests.
Health officials said most of the cases are coming from Vipul Khand, Vivek Khand, Vijay Khand, Indiranagar, Telibagh, LDA colony, Kanpur road and Rajajipuram as well. A few cases have been reported from the Old City areas, including Faizullaganj, Balaganj, Para. In many areas, heavy waterlogging was reported following Thursday’s rains.
“Aedes aegypti lays eggs in fresh stagnant water which is in abundance At times, these eggs remain dormant for long and hatch when the atmosphere is conducive. Hence, all efforts should be made to keep the environment clean,” said Dr Rahul Gam, expert in vector-borne disease and consultant with National Health Authority.
Prof Vineeta Mittal, faculty at Community Medicine Department, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, said, “To check dengue, people should make sure that fresh water doesn’t get accumulated anywhere inside or near the house. Civic authorities should also take responsibility to remove breeding grounds in the open areas.”

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