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Swine Flu And Dengue Continue To Take Their Toll

12 August 2017


Bhubaneswar: The combined menace of Swine Flu and Dengue continued to strike terror in the state. According to the latest updates, 31 samples have been tested out in Bhubaneswar, out of which seven have been found positive. SUM Hospital (2), AIIMS (1), Kar Clinic (1), AMRI (1), Shree Hospital (1) and Neelanchal Hospital in the capital city have reported the seven positive swine flu cases that have surfaced so far in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

Whereas around the state, from the 342 samples that were tested for swine flu on Saturday, 103 cases were found to be positive. And, out of those 103 cases, eight have already succumbed to the disease. SCB Medical College, Cuttack reported one more death on Saturday, taking the swine flu toll figure of SCB to four, and the rest of the deaths were reported from different hospitals and medical centres of the districts of Khurdha (5), Nayagarh (1) and Ganjam (1).

Meanwhile, as if competing with its deadly counterpart, Dengue cases continue to be reported around the state. So far, 367 positive cases have been reported, out of which two have succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease. The largest positive cases were reported from Bhadrak (59), followed by Cuttack (57) and Balasore (53).

Both the deaths have occurred at SCB Medical College. The first victim, who died on Tuesday, was a resident of Bihar, whereas Harihar Mallick, the victim, who died on Saturday, belonged to Basudevpur town of Bhadrak district.

The only positive thing is that the dengue toll so far in the state is far below that of 2016, when the total number of dengue cases reported last year was around 4057, out of which eight had died from the vector-borne disease.

Notably, around 70% of the dengue victim seemed to have contracted the infection from outside the state.

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