PANJIM: Thirteen cases of dengue have been detected in the State over the last fortnight from June 18 to 29, causing mild alarm in the Directorate of Health Services.
Of the 53 samples tested, 13 were confirmed positive for dengue. Nine of these cases were reported from Valpoi Community Health Centre’s jurisdiction
and four were from Panjim Urban Health Centre’s jurisdiction.
The figures make up more than half of all the dengue cases that have been detected this year.
From January 2012 upto June 29, 2012 the total number of samples tested for dengue are 417, of which 21 tested positive.
Just one case of chikungunya has been detected in the State, from the jurisdiction of Ponda Community Health Centre. There have been just five cases of chikungunya so far this year out of 204 samples tested.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Health Services has renewed its call to people to ensure that water does not accumulate in such places viz. broken household items, vases, unused tyres, etc. Even though, the cases of vector borne diseases have reduced, the DHS is eager to ensure that they do not rise once again.