“Mystery Fever” claims 84 lives in Uttar Pradesh
24-09-2018 | Posted By: Chhavi | 234 View(s)
Indian state Uttar Pradesh is in high alert after a “mystery fever” claimed 84 lives. The fever has claimed 84 lives across 6 districts of Uttar Pradesh in the last 6 weeks, which made the State Government sound a high alert. 24 casualties were reported in the Bareilly district, and 23 succumbed to the ailment in adjoining Budaun district.
An audit has been ordered by the Uttar Pradesh Health Ministry of every death to identify the disease. Also, both the central and state teams have been deployed in the affected districts.
“Prima facie, it seems like these are cases of viral fever, typhoid and malaria. We are distributing medicines, organising camps and conducting mosquito-fogging drives. I am confident that we’ll be able to control this,” said Uttar Pradesh Director General of Health Services Padmakar Singh.
The state government confirmed reports of the outbreak in a press release and also identified the affected districts as Budaun and Bareilly in western Uttar Pradesh, followed by Sitapur, Hardoi, Bahraich and Shahjahanpur. All these districts are close to state capital Lucknow.
One of the government spokespersons said that an awareness drive will be launched to counter the unnecessary alarm being caused by “misleading” media reports.