Succumbing to the 'mystery' viral fever spreading in Uttar Pradesh, seven children passed away in Agra, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Arun Kumar Srivastav told news agency PTI on Sunday, 19 September.
"The peculiar thing about this fever is that we are getting very little time for treatment and people are dying quickly," Srivastava informed.
The senior official made an appeal to the people and urged them to visit a government hospital or a community health centre in case they experience symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, and dizziness.
Speaking on the children who passed away, he informed that a 14-year-old boy succumbed to the fever in Chachiha village on Sunday, 19 September, morning, while two siblings died in Fatehpur Sikri's Rasoolpur village on Saturday, 18 September, evening, PTI reported.
Two more deaths were reported in the Itimad-ud-Daulah police station area and a child from Nunhai locality had succumbed to the disease on Thursday, 16 September.
Another child has passed away in Khadia village of Khandoli.
He went on to deny reports of two children passing away due to dengue in Fatehpur Sikri and dismissed reports claiming that the two children from Rasoolpur had also succumbed to it.
As per the CMO, Agra had reported 61 cases of dengue in 2021, of which 41 have recovered and the rest are still being treated in government hospitals.
The CMO also spoke on government initiatives to combat dengue and said that the health department is spreading awareness and medical camps in villages and cities, and fogging is being undertaken, PTI reported.
He went on to say that stagnant patches of water are being cleared out in regions at risk.
(With inputs from PTI)
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