Kolkata: Dengue positivity rate at 35 per cent; nearly threefold rise in cases recorded – Times Now

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Kolkata: The dengue positivity rate in Kolkata is highest among other cities in West Bengal. As per a state health department official, the dengue infections have more than tripled across large parts of the Kolkata in the past 30 days.

West Bengal Leader of Opposition (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari has called the dengue situation in the state a “Health emergency.”

In view of the rising dengue cases in the state, West Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday, November 7, to send a central team of doctors and public health experts to guide the State Government and provide relief to the people.

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As per the data shared in the letter, Kolkata has the highest positivity rate of 35 per cent, followed by Hoogly at 23 per cent, Jalpaiguri at 18 per cent and North 24 Pranganas at 14 per cent.

According to a Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) report, a sharp rise in dengue cases in both north and south Kolkata has been recorded. Nearly a threefold spike in dengue cases have been reported between the third week of September and the third week of October.

In borough XII (parts of Kasba, Jadavpur, Mukundapur, Survey Park and areas off EM Bypass to the south of VIP Bazaar) the numbers rose from 318 to 1,128. In borough X (parts of Jadavpur, Jodhpur Park, Netaji Nagar, parts of Tollygunge and parts of New Alipore) the numbers increased from 252 to 856
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In borough I (Chitpore, Cossipore, Dum Dum Road, Tala, Paikpara and Belgachia), the number of dengue cases rose from 82 to 326 during this period.

Borough XIV, which covers Behala, has recorded a jump from 64 cases to 286 cases during this period.

Moreover, the KMC has also strengthened its vigil in Park Street Zone after a ten-year-old lost his life due to the dengue last week in Collin Street. Meanwhile, a 42-year-old woman from Madhyamgram died of dengue at the R G Kar Hospital in Kolkata on Saturday. The deceased hails from North 24 Paraganas.

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