Gulbarga: A state of panic gripped Ingankal village of Chittapur taluk as three people have died of a strange fever in the past 10 days. District Health Officer Dr Shivaraj Sajjanashetty told Express that the first death in the village was that of a 70-year-old woman on July 28. She had visited Gundgurthi Primary Health Care (PHC) with complaint of cough and fever just the day before. The second casualty was of a 40-year-old woman who visited the PHC and complained of fever on August 4. She died the same day. Her blood was tested for malaria and result was negative. Cause of her death is yet to be ascertained, he added.
Similarly, 13-year- old Pallavai of the same village visited Gundgurthi PHC on August 6 and complained of fever. After initial treatment as the fever did not subside she was taken to Basaveshwara Teaching and General Hospital but she succumbed to the fever. According to clinical tests conducted in Basaveshwara Hospital Pallavi died due to brain fever.
Following the deaths, the Health Department officials have collected blood samples of about 600 people in the last 4 days. Of these 19 people, including Pallavi’s father, were said to be suffering from fever. While Pallavi’s father is said to be suffering from Malaria, the blood samples of six others in the village has been sent to Bangalore for dengue tests.
A state of panic has gripped Ingankal village of Chittapur taluk as 3 people died of a strange fever in 10 days.
Samples of water collected from open well and borewells have been sent for testing and they were found not to be fit for drinking, Sajjanashetty informed. The civic authorities have been asked to make arrangements to provide pure drinking water to the villagers and steps have been taken to spray DDT in the village, he said.