Patna: A dengue outbreak has gripped Bihar with 156 cases detected in different parts of the state till this evening, a health department official today said.
The state capital has registered the lion's share of the detected cases, with 131 patients admitted in various government hospitals like Patna Medical College Hospital, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Science, Deepak Kumar, Principal Secretary of Health Department, said.
Dengue cases have also been detected in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur districts as health department officials are busy collecting samples of suspected cases from the districts and sending them to laboratories for tests.
Kumar told PTI, "We have readied hospitals to cope with the situation. The supply of required platelets and medicines has been taken care of"
Kumar said arrangements have been made to refer serious cases to medical college hospitals, and joint spraying of insecticides has been started in collaboration with the state Urban Development Department to check the spread of the disease.
Kumar said that with the onset of winter the disease was expected to subside as it normally does not spread during winter.
As far as Patna emerging as the focal point of the disease, health department officials said, it was because of garbage and stagnant water in the city, and also lack of fogging.