LUDHIANA – With the temperatures plunging, more cases of dengue are being reported from different parts of the district. The district has reported 141 confirmed cases of dengue and there has been no casualty so far, said epidemiologist Anil Verma.
Most of the patients being treated in the city hospitals are from the Malwa belt of Bathinda, Muktsar, Sangrur, Ferozepur and Moga. Some cases have also been reported from Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Mohali, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
“The adult mosquito survives when the maximum temperature is between 25 degrees to 30 degrees. When the temperature goes below 25 degrees, it starts to disappear,” said Dr Verma, adding that this year, the number of dengue patients had been far less that in 2011. Till October last year, 755 dengue patients had been reported from Ludhiana district alone. But this year, their number was 141. The health authorities have formed 18 teams for fogging of affected areas. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is also taking preventive steps.
Dr VS Mohi, Deputy Director, Malaria, said against the figure of 3,000 dengue cases last year, only 415 confirmed cases had been reported across the state so far with Mohali reporting 153 cases and Ludhiana 141.