Mysore, May 24: More than 20 children have been admitted to various hospitals
five children died of dengue in D Saalundi village of Mysore taluk, sparking fears of outbreak of the dreaded fever.
The deaths, confirmed by the district administration, indicate that more number of children could be affected by dengue.
Officials in the Department of Health and Family Welfare said that Yashaswini (7) and Ravichandra (6), both residents of D Saalundi, have succumbed to the fever on May 23.
However, this is not the first incident in the village which had already witnessed deaths of two other children.
District Health Officer S M Malegowda said one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl, Sushmitha and six-year-old boy, Preetham, too had succumbed to “high fever” on May 13 and May 18, respectively.
However, the cause of their death could not be ascertained, he added.
Collection of samples
Following confirmed dengue deaths, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, has swung into action and has started collecting blood samples from the residents of the village.
Around 150 samples have been collected and 12-15 of the samples have been sent to the district laboratories to verify whether the patients were affected by dengue.
More than 20 children from D Saalundi and other parts of Mysore taluk have been admitted to various hospitals in the city.
Health minister U T Khader visited the village on Friday and consoled the aggrieved family members.