Bhubaneswar: The death toll in dengue has increased to 5 in Odisha while 176 persons tested positive to the vector-borne disease on Saturday, a senior official said.
"Out of 465 serum tested on Saturday, 176 are positive to dengue," the health department official said adding that a total of 3,043 persons have been identified as dengue cases in the state.
Of the 176 cases tested positive, the highest number of 30 cases belonged to Puri.
Odisha ranks fourth in the country after Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in terms of number of cases.
However, health minister Damodar Rout claimed that the disease is completely under control as adequate arrangements have been made in all government hospitals across the state.
Of the five death cases so far confirmed by the government, four were reported from SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack while one person died of dengue at Apollo Hospital here.
While three persons hailing from Angul died in the disease, two patients belonged to Kendrapara and Bhadrak district, the official said.