JORHAT,Oct 22 - Officials of the Health and Family Welfare department have intensified mass awareness campaign in certain areas of urban Jorhat to prevent the spread of dengue fever as two patients of Soladhara and Rupohi Ali area tested positive with dengue virus this month.
Talking to this correspondent, Joint Director of Health Services Dr Amrit Saikia said that 30 patients of the district have tested positive with dengue virus since July this year and out of them 17 belonged to urban areas like Tarajan, JPR, Sonari Gaon, Soladhara, Milan Nagar and some other pockets of the city.
He also added that no case of death has been reported as the dengue patients were admitted to government hospitals and private nursing homes just after their infection was detected in the laboratory of Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH).
�People should follow all the guidelines to prevent the disease. We are doing massive fogging in certain areas and have requested people to take all preventive measures,�said Dr Saikia.
According to health experts, once infected a patient may become the main carrier and multiplier of the virus, serving as a source of the virus for uninfected mosquitoes. The virus circulates in the blood stream of an infected person for 2-7 days and at approximately the same time that person develops fever. Patients who are already infected with the dengue virus can transmit the infection via Aedes mosquitoes after the first symptoms appear.
Doctors said that an infected patient develops severe flu-like symptoms. The disease called �break-bone� fever affects infants, children and adults alike and could be fatal if the patient is not provided proper treatment at an early stage.
District-level officials of Health and Family Welfare Department have requested people not to panic in the outbreak of the disease in Jorhat as no symptom of fatal dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) has been detected among the infected people in the district.