With the onset of summers, the first dengue case of the year was detected in the state on Sunday. Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) in Ranchi tested a reserve force personnel positive after he was admitted to an isolation ward at the hospital with high fever and vomiting on April 15.
R Duriapandi (30), a Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) 49th Battalion jawan and a resident of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, complained of high fever during his deployment at Taimara area of Bundu, 29km east of Ranchi.
But the hospital authorities said the patient is out of danger. Hospital staff on duty added that although they receive 10 cases of high fever and vomiting every week, Duriapandi was the first person tested positive this year. "Last year, the first case of dengue was detected in August. This year, the first case was reported early," said the sister in charge of the isolation ward at the hospital.
While Rims received 100 cases till December last year, there were no deaths. According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVDCP), 161 cases were registered across the state in 2013 against 75,454 nationally.
As many as 1,203 cases have been registered nationally in 2014, with Kerala and Tamil Nadu recording 380 and 339 cases, respectively.
"We are yet to get the detailed report of the person tested positive," said Dr Pradeep Baskey of the NVDCP state chapter. State malaria office sounded alarm for the city residents. "Months of April and May are transmission months and urban residents should clean stagnant water at regular intervals," Baskey said. "Air coolers are the breeding grounds for mosquitoes causing dengue and so should be cleaned regularly," he added. Source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com