Indore: Four more dengue patients were identified on Thursday, taking the total number of dengue patients in the city to 97. The health department has sent over 200 samples for testing to microbiology laboratory of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. The report of five fresh samples is pending. With the frequent fluctuation in temperature, health department officials had raised an alarm for rise in skin infection among patients.

“Current weather conditions are favourable for breeding of mosquitoes and it will lead to vector-borne diseases. People should take care of pregnant women and children as they possess low immunity,” department officials said, adding that avoiding mosquito bite and wearing full sleeves clothes are easiest ways to avoid the diseases.

Meanwhile, IDSP in charge Dr Asha Pandit said condition of four new patients admitted in different hospitals is stable and they are recovering. The patients are between 16 to 30 years of age and belong to Chhota Bangadada, Ganesh Dham and Hammal Colony.

“We have started door-to-door survey and taking daily reports of suspected patients. Anti-larva survey by malaria wing of health department has found larva at over 500 places in the city,” Dr Pandit said. Cases of fever, body ache and chikungunya have also been reported due to fluctuation in temperature. “We have advised hospitals to keep track of patients with complaints of fever and body ache,” she added.

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