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34 dengue deaths reported so far in Bengal, 18,238 persons infected : Govt

34 dengue deaths reported so far in Bengal, 18,238 persons infected : Govt

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Oct 2017, 04:33 pm
Kolkata, Oct 24 (IBNS): Chief Secretary of West Bengal government, Malay Kumar De, on Tuesday confirmed that 34 persons have died due to dengue so far in the state while 18,238 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne viral disease.

"Thirty-four dengue deaths have been reported so far while 18,238 others have been infected with dengue fever in West Bengal," Malay De said during a press conference here at state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata.

"Infections due to DEN-2 (dengue strain type 2) and DEN-4 (dengue strain type 4) have increased this year while no DEN-5 (dengue strain type 5) case has been reported so far," Chief Secretary added.

Malay De said that the state government is monitoring the situation very closely.

"All civic bodies have been instructed to carry out anti-dengue drive and we are monitoring the entire situation," he said.

"There is no question of hiding dengue data and we are sharing every single updates with the media," Malay De added.

Chief Secretary Malay De requested people not to trigger panic as dengue situation in the state is still under control.

(Reporting by Deepayan Sinha,Image: Wikimedia Commons)