Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 28:
The dengue menace has assumed alarming proportions in Odisha as it has now spread to 27 districts of the state with the identification of dengue virus in Kandhamal district.
According to sources in the Health department, out of 256 sample blood tests carried out across the government hospitals in the state on Saturday, 53 patients were detected as dengue positive.
With this, the total number of dengue patients in the state has gone up to 2370. Health department sources said going by the daily average, around 50 persons are contracting dengue every day.
The state government has so far confirmed seven dengue deaths so far.
Reports from SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack said out of a total of 134 patients admitted to the dengue ward, 7 have been admitted to the ICU. The condition of one of them is stated to be critical.