ITANAGAR, Aug 20 � Four cases of dengue have been detected in Arunachal Pradesh�s East Siang district with the confirmation report coming from the Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Lahoal, Dibrugarh after the district health authority sent 118 blood samples there for diagnosis.
An official source said that the drastic rise in the number of fever cases in and around Pasighat, the district headquarters of East Siang had prompted the Health department to collect the blood samples and send them to ICMR for diagnosis. Out of 118 blood samples, four cases have been confirmed as dengue.
Dengue, a viral infection transmitted by mosquito bite, is caused mainly due to inappropriate water management. The mosquito (Aedes Acsypt) transmits the disease which breeds in and around houses. Individual and community action to contain the mosquito population is the only measure to prevent sufferings from dengue.
It has also been informed that out of the total blood samples sent to ICMR, 40 cases have been diagnosed as Scrub Typhus.
The Department of Health is working 24X7 to contain the disease. A team of entomologists from the Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun has started working to trace the causes. The Pasighat General Hospital administration has sought cooperation and help of people from all walks of life to check the disease.