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Dengue Outbreak Escalates: 67 New Cases Reported, Total Climbs to 1953 in Jammu and Kashmir

29-09-2023 : In the latest update, it has been reported that an additional 67 cases of dengue have surfaced in various regions of Jammu and Kashmir. This development has pushed the cumulative count of dengue cases for the year to a total of 1953 cases in the region.

A health official provided details, stating that a total of 503 individuals were screened today for dengue, and among them, 67 were confirmed as positive cases. Among these newly identified cases, 55 were reported in the Jammu district, while 6 cases emerged from Udhampur, 5 from Kathua district, and 1 from the Kashmir region. The individuals affected by dengue encompassed 56 adults and 11 children.

The data indicates that Jammu district has witnessed the highest number of dengue cases this year, reaching 1953 cases, followed by Samba district with 159 cases and Kathua with 152 cases. The distribution of cases is further broken down as follows: 103 cases in Udhampur, 34 in Rajouri, 18 in Reasi, 17 in Doda, 14 in Poonch, 4 in Ramban, 2 in Kishtwar, 14 in Kashmir, and 14 from other parts of the country.

According to the health official, a total of 632 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals thus far, out of which 542 have already been discharged, while 75 patients remain under ongoing treatment.

It is concerning to note that the incidence of dengue cases is steadily increasing. The official strongly advises citizens to take proactive measures to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes responsible for dengue. This can be achieved by ensuring that there is no stagnant water in and around residential areas. It is crucial to cover water-filled containers and tanks and to empty coolers at least twice a week. These preventive steps are essential to curbing the further spread of dengue in the region.