Kozhikode sees 2000 fever cases on Thursday

A suspected case of diphtheria has been noticed in Thamarasserry.

Kozhikode: As many as 2,042 cases of viral fever were reported on Thursday, according to the district medical office. Of this, 40 have been admitted. 86 are suspected cases of dengue while one confirmed case was also reported. Three Malaria cases from Thamarasserry, Ayanchery and Kodiyathur were also registered. Two cases of Hepatitis A and 269 ADD (Acute diarrhoeal disease) cases were also reported.

A suspected case of diphtheria has been noticed in Thamarasserry. A health squad visited 1370 houses on Thursday as a part of preventing the fever epidemic. Of this, mosquito breeding spots were found in 143 households. 59 slides of Malaria and 46 swabs of H1N1 had been sent for lab tests. “Health awareness class, group orientation classes, medical camps, tribal medical camps etc are being organised. The drainage at three places was cleaned by the health workers,” said District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr Ashadevi. Speciality medical camp and mobile medical camp had been conducted at Kuruvattoor.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded that the government lay stress on Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Palakkad districts to curb fever. “The role of platelets in the therapy of dengue fever is widely misunderstood. Routine therapy with platelets for thrombocytopenia is not required and should be reserved only for those with severe thrombocytopenia (less than 10,000 platelets count) or for those with bleeding manifestations,” said IMA state president Dr V.G Pradeep Kumar.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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