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Alert sounded over outbreak of diseases

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22. The department of health has alerted the people against the outbreak of infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, dengue fever and diarrhoeal diseases with the onset of South West monsoon in the State.

According to the Additional Director of Health (Public Health), as many as 26 persons have died of leptospirosis, six of malaria and two of dengue fever between January 1 and May 21 this year. As many as 158 have been affected by dengue fever, 261 by leptospirosis, 338 by typhoid, nine by cholera and 346 by malaria till this date this year. In addition, thousands have been affected by viral fever in the State.

The health authorities have urged the people to boil water before drinking, to consume food when it is hot, to keep their houses and surroundings clean and to dispose of garbage properly. Rainwater should not be allowed to stagnate around houses, as it is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. People have been asked to use slippers and to maintain personal hygiene. Those having diarrhoea have been asked to immediately take ORS.

As any fever can be dengue fever and leptospirosis, those with fever have been asked to consult doctors immediately. The chances of fatality are on the higher side if treatment is not provided to those having leptospirosis within the first four days, the official has warned.

Anti-filaria drive

As many as 32 lakh people in the district will be provided diethyl carbamazine citrate tablets on June 5, national anti-filariasis day, as part of the efforts to contain the spread of fliariasis. Speaking at the district-level coordination committee of the programme here today, the District Collector, K. R. Muraleedharan, said 16,783 volunteers and 1,678 supervisors will be pressed into service to distribute the anti-filariasis tablets free of cost.

For every 50 houses, there will be a volunteer and a supervisor each for 10 volunteers.

The tablets will not be distributed to children below two years, pregnant women and terminally ill persons. Those in the age group of two to five will be provided one tablet, those in the six to 14 age group two tablets and three tablets for those above 15 years.

The Health Department has also decided to carry out survey during the night at Karamana, Kattakada, Balaramapuram, Kattayikonam, Varkala, Vellarada, Kallara and Pozhiyoor in the district to detect filarasis.

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