Bengal’s dengue toll reaches 14

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Kolkata, Aug 9 (IANS) With one more confirmed death due to dengue, the death toll due to the outbreak of the disease in West Bengal has gone up to 14, a state Health Department official said on Tuesday.

“In the last 48 hours, 150 new cases have been reported, taking the total number of dengue positive cases to 1,742 since January,” Health Services Director Biswaranjan Satpathy said.

The latest death was reported on July 4 in South 24 Parganas but was confirmed on Tuesday as a dengue death.

Meanwhile, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) issued show cause notices to 32 health officials, including two doctors, for alleged dereliction in duty.

KMC Mayor-in-Council, Health, Atin Ghosh attributed “late arrival” and “non-performance” of duties as the reasons for the notices to the officials.

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Ghosh said the KMC will endeavour to discourage use of plastic cups across the city to contain the dengue outbreak.

“Plastic cups are a big menace. Besides choking the drains, these cups act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes during the rainy season. All the councillors have been asked to urge the people as well shops to refrain from using these cups in their respective areas,” said Ghosh.



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