FIROZABAD- The “mystery fever” in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh claim 68 lives, including 40 children, over the past week, health department officials said on Sunday. The “intense” viral fever has swept parts of western Uttar Pradesh .
A high number of cases have been reported from Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah and Kasganj districts, with Firozabad district said to be the worst affected. A TOI, report quoting Health officials said that a few viral fever cases have been reported from eastern UP as well.
Situation is dire at the Firozabad medical college where 72 children out of 135 are battling for life. Over 50% of them have dengue symptoms, officials added.
With rural areas badly hit, some of these patients are being shifted to Agra and other cities. Teams from the health department are reaching out to villagers with medicines as well. But, there is no record of those dying in private hospitals and at home in rural areas.
“The situation in the districts is alarming,” Firozabad MLA Manish Asija said, adding that “waterlogging, lack of sanitation and hygiene are the reasons behind the disease spread.”
Chief medical officer (CMO) of Firozabad district, Dr Neeta Kulshrestha said, “Twelve children have died of the viral fever in the last 24 hours. The exact cause is being studied.”
The CMO added that all the patients at the government hospitals are tested for Covid-19 and so far none of the viral infection cases can be linked.