Dengue toll rises to 16 in Orissa

August 18th, 2011 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 18 (IANS) One more person died of dengue at a private hospital here Thursday, taking the death toll in the outbreak of the infectious disease in Orissa to 16 this month, officials said.

The man who died in Apollo Hospital was in his 50s and belonged to Angul district which has been worst hit by the mosquito-borne virus.

As many as 53 new patients were tested positive for the virus till Wednesday evening, taking the total cases in the state to 295, an official of the state health control room told IANS.

The latest cases were 52 in Sriram Chandra Bhanj Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack and one in Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College and Hospital at Berhampur, he said.

The official said dengue cases have been reported from 19 of Orissa’s 30 districts and of them highest 175 were tested positive in Angul where the disease was mainly concentrated and most deaths have taken place.

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