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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 24 September: A FIVE year old boy has died of dengue in Salt Lake in Kolkata as the fever is spreading fast across West Bengal.

Sayan Dey, a resident of CD-1/26 at Salt Lake area passed away on Wednesday night at B C Roy Hospital in the city. He was admitted to the hospital on 20 September with high fever and head ache.

Another man, Deepak Singh from Balurghat in South Dinajpur district, died of dengue at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Thursday morning. Middle-aged Singh, a bus driver by profession, was admitted to the hospital with high fever and body pain last week.

Doctors at the two hospitals have confirmed that the deaths took place due to dengue.

With this, the dengue deaths in Kolkata this season have risen to two and in the state to three. Another man from Park Circus in Kolkata had died in August. In all, 88 persons have so far been diagnosed with dengue in Kolkata. In the state the total number of dengue affected persons is pegged at around 900.

The intensity of dengue affecting people has specifically risen in the past 15 days. In an order issued by the state government, leaves of all doctors and medical staffs in government-run hospitals have been cancelled for the reaming days of September.

On conditions of anonymity, a doctor working with a municipal hospital said that the actual number of dengue patients in Kolkata and the surroundings is more than what is officially reported. “For instance, in our hospital at least one patient is being diagnosed positive for dengue a day.”

Dengue test is conducted free of cost for patients at government hospitals and the test reports are supposed to be available within a day. But most of the government laboratories are now over burdened with blood samples of patients complaining of high fever, headache and joint pains.

According to World Health Organisation dengue transmits through the bite of mosquitoes infected with dengue virus. The symptoms usually appear between 3-14 days after such a bite.

It is a non-communicable disease but if a mosquito bites an affected person and then bites a non-affected person, it might inject the virus. Dengue can be identified by high fever, severe headache and pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain along with rashes in the body.

Dengue can be prevented by observing the following precautions:

  1. Wear full sleeves clothes to avoid mosquito bites.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  3. Don’t allow stagnant water to accumulate in flower pots, coolers, etc.
  4. Sleep under mosquito net or use mosquito repellent.
  5. Don’t use medicine on your own.
  6. Consult a doctor if fever persists for more than three days and get a blood test done.
  7. Take adequate rest.