Dengue outbreak at Moreh town rises over 230 cases

Moreh: At least over 230 persons are suffering from dengue at border town Moreh in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, said an official on Monday.

According to state malaria officer Dr AR Chisti, the total number of dengue cases in Moreh town have climbed to over 230, following an outbreak. The first case of the mosquito-borne disease was reported in June, 2022.

The health department is also planning to send more manpower to over the dengue situation in Moreh, informed the official.

However, the total number of fatalities from dengue in the border town is yet to be ascertained by the time of filing this report.

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On Saturday, in view of the sudden spike of dengue cases Moreh town border along the India-Myanmar border, the state and district National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme conducted a sensitisation programme at Moreh.

The programme which aimed to raise public awareness on dengue, also urged the public to take preventive measures by removing stagnant water in and around the house.

Dr Chisti, who also attended the programme, cautioned that concealed spots like water holding trays underneath some refrigerators can be potential breeding around for the Aedes mosquitoes which is responsible for the spread of dengue.

He also urged the public to avoid self-medication without consulting doctors, saying that dengue fever can be confused with other diseases, so one must consult the doctor prior to the medication.

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Meanwhile, troops of Assam Rifles of Moreh Battalion conducted fumigation in Moreh to prevent outbreak of dengue.

The fumigation drive was carried out in ward no 7 and surrounding areas to prevent outbreak of dengue. 

The troops also identified mosquito breeding grounds and two teams carried out the fogging in villages such as S Moljol, Govajang, SL Munpi, Chavangphai, Cannan Veng, Zion Veng, Pangal Basti and Nepali Basti .

Residents were also sensitised against the dengue outbreak at Moreh and take all necessary steps to destroy any mosquito breeding ground in their surroundings.

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