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Rural Kanpur is fighting its most frightening scourge — a mystery disease that has left a long line of bodies in its trail and doesn’t seem anywhere finished.
What started from one village two weeks ago has now spread to 350 and has so far claimed 160 lives. Thousands more are bed-ridden. On an average, 15 to 20 people have been dying every day; Saturday saw the highest toll in a day: 24.
The district’s health department is somewhat confused about the nature of the disease that has struck. At the beginning, the diagnosis was viral fever. Then doctors concluded that it was falciparum malaria. But after two weeks, they have ruled out both but still don’t have an exact answer.
Kanpur, August 24 : Malaria outbreaks in Kanpur with reports of at least 500 people falling prey to high fever and many succumbing to the vector spread disease. Over the past few days, several cases of malaria have been reported from Kanpur Dehat of the region. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the area, Satya Singh, said that blood samples of about 600 patients have been taken and the area is being sprayed with chemicals to prevent the spread of the disease. "A total of 586 blood samples have been taken. And those patients, who have tested positive for malaria, are being attended to and given all necessary treatment. We are also spraying in the areas, fogging and spraying of DDT is also taking place in those areas," said Singh. Meanwhile, residents said that almost every house in the village had one or two patients suffering from fever possibly malaria. "Many children in our village were running high temperature. But when two children died, our village head informed the hospital authorities, which then sent a team here. The team referred us to this hospital where those suffering (from malaria) are being treated," said Vinod Kumar, a resident. According to some reports, more than 62 people have succumbed to the disease while thousands are affected by malaria that broke out following heavy monsoon rains in central and northern parts of India. Malaria outbreaks are common during the monsoon season in India particularly in northern, eastern and northeastern states.
Shariq Alvi, a businessman, for whom chicken dishes were a must eat everyday, has in the last couple of days switched over mutton and fish preparations. "In Kanpur most of the non vegetarian food outlets are not hygenic and bird flu virus could wreck havoc in poultry farms in Chamanganj, Latouche Road, Meston Road and Parade," he says.
Viral spreads in Kanpur Dehat, full hospitals have no relief for patients
Kanpur Dehat, August 28 Over 1,000 patients are turning up at the District Hospital of Kanpur Dehat every day with complaints of fever.
Till August 15, the number was almost half at 500 patients. While the authorities claim that each patient is being carefully attended, an 11-year-old was not admitted in the District Hospital on Thursday. Deepak Kumar’s father Ashok Kumar was forced to leave his shivering son unattended in the hospital portico, while he went to purchase the medicines. expressindia.com
Virus spreads in Kanpur, babus fight losing battle
Wed, Aug 27 12:50 AM
Spreading its lethal presence beyond Kanpur Dehat, the mystery virus has begun playing havoc in other districts of Kanpur division. Kannauj has reported 51 deaths in two days while 10 people have died in Farrukhabad in as many days.
The deaths in Kanpur Dehat continue to mount with 11 more being reported on Monday. In a knee-jerk reaction to the epidemic, Navtej Singh, commissioner of Kanpur division that comprises six districts, summoned the chief medical officer of Kannauj.
"I have asked for a detailed report. Additional teams of doctors are being rushed to the district," Singh said.