Bhubaneswar, Aug 13
The state government on Monday officially confirmed the death of Angul staff nurse Simashree Manjari Sahoo as the first dengue death of the season.
Dr MadanPradhan, nodal officer for vector-borne diseases, said Ssimashree’s was the only case of death due to dengue so far this season.
Deceased Simashree Manjari Sahoo, 44, a staff nurse with MCL Central Hospital, Talcher on July 14 was first admitted to the same hospital with symptoms of dengue. She tested positive for the disease during the laboratory test. After her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to a Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar. Sahoo was critical for the last few days and died around 12.30 pm on Sunday, sources said.
Though three persons have died of suspected dengue in Cuttack, the government has declined to attribute the deaths to dengue.
With the prevailing hot and humid conditions, a high number of 79 positive cases were reported on Monday, including 27 from Cuttack followed by 24 from Angul and 18 from Khurda.
The total number of dengue positive cases in the state jumped to 972 with Cuttack accounting for the highest number of 576 followed by 146 from Khurda and 88 from Angul district. Dengue has been reported from 23 of the 30 districts this year.