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Indore: The district of Indore reported 17 new dengue cases in a day on Sunday, taking the overall tally of dengue cases to 139 in the district, Indore Chief Medical Health Officer Dr BS Sethia said. On Saturday, the city had registered 10 new cases.

Officials have been concerned over the rising cases in the city. Efforts are underway to prevent the spread of dengue, especially due to a gradual rise in numbers here over the past 10 days.

Indore Divisional Commissioner Pavan Kumar Sharma told news agency PTI that officials have been directed to launch a campaign to spot and destroy the breeding grounds of larvae of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

"We will also ensure dengue test reports are provided to the citizens on the same day of sample collection for treatment to start at the earliest," he said. Only one person has died here of dengue since January this year, officials said.

As per the state health department's records, more than 2,400 people have contracted the disease this year. Around 95 are currently taking treatment at various hospitals across MP.

"More than 2,400 people have been infected by dengue in MP so far since January 1 this year. The admission rate of dengue patients in hospitals is around 20 per cent," MP programme officer (for control of vector-borne diseases) Dr Himanshu Jayswar told new agency PTI.

Bhopal's malaria officer Dr Akhilesh Dubey said dengue was earlier mainly reported from urban areas, but it has now spreading in rural areas as well.

"In urban areas, mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water accumulated in objects like coolers, plant pots and trays. Since people in rural areas also have these items now, the infection is being reported from there as well," he said.
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