New dengue cases in West Garo

Shillong: Health authorities in Meghalaya detected five more new cases of dengue in West Garo Hills district, putting the number at 23, a week after the entire state was put on alert for dengue, officials said on Saturday.

 Five persons who reported to the Tura Civil Hospital in the past one week were tested positive after which they were given treatment, they said.

Health officials including doctors are still on alert to ensure that there is no outbreak of the disease, District deputy commissioner P Bakshi said.

 He said a special team of doctors from the state's Integrated Disease Surveillance Team which was pressed into service since November 3 have returned to the state capital.

 A team of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) headed by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) joint director R Budnah also rushed to Tura to oversee the situation.

 The Tura Municipal Board has also been instructed to intensify cleaning of the entire localities and to avoid accumulation of water and wastes besides regular fogging.

 Meghalaya, a mountainous state with moderate climate and cold temperature beginning from October onwards, reported 11 cases with two deaths.

 Health experts are wondering how the disease could strike on a relatively cold climate and when there was no rain for the past one month in the district.

 Rapid and unplanned urbanisation is being blamed by experts for the increase in dengue cases.