Efforts to check epidemic outbreak

India, June 3 -- To take precautionary measures against an outbreak of dangerous epidemic diseases, a dedicated investigation officer will look into all suspected and confirmed cases of vector-borne diseases.

According to the Haryana government's May 21 notification of the Haryana Epidemic Diseases (malaria, dengue, chikungunya and Japanese Encephalitis) Regulations 2013, the inspecting officer can be appointed by the director general, health services, or the civil surgeon. The regulation would remain effective up to March 31 next year.

"These regulations have been enforced under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, to take precautionary measures against dangerous epidemic diseases namely malaria, dengue, chikungunya and Japanese Encephalitis," said the spokesperson of the Haryana Health Department.

Last year, there was disparity in the number of dengue cases reported by private and government hospitals as dengue fever is often mistaken for a viral infection until it escalates to the tertiary stage.

Besides, difference in the testing kits used also led to dubious diagnosis.

In order to do away with any confusion in identifying dengue cases, the state government has directed doctors in government health institutions, private hospitals or clinics to report and submit the blood slides for each fever case within seven days.

Moreover, information of all suspected cases of dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and chikungunya must also be reported to the civil surgeon of the district.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.