As many as 40 residents of Bhanwar village of Bhitargaon town in Ghatampur area of Kanpur have been hospitalised in serious condition after being diagnosed with viral fever, district Chief Medical Officer R P Yadav said on Sunday.
“About 40 persons have taken ill due to viral fever in Bhawar village in Ghatampur. It is a village of 600 households with about 5,000 persons among them. The villagers were scared but we have ensured necessary steps and set up camps and deployed four ambulances there,” Yadav said.
The CMO said complaints of fever, accompanied with headache and nausea, started pouring in on the evening of August 14, and then rose sharply. Since then, at least four persons from the village, including an infant, have died.
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Yadav, however, claimed that the deaths had no connection with the ongoing viral fever. Two of the deceased were suffering from various illnesses for the past few months, and the third one, aged 62, collapsed in the district hospital due to a heart attack, while the infant was born prematurely and was already weak, he said.
“The deaths created panic among the villagers. So we set up camps and distributed medicines as per diagnosis. About a thousand persons have availed medication for various illnesses, including fever, headache and other non-serious illnesses while about 40 with a serious fever were shifted to different hospitals,” he said.
The CMO ruled out the possibility of malaria or dengue as the patients tested negative for both diseases. “The viral may have spread due to poor sanitation in the village. Personnel from the Panchayati Raj department have started a cleanliness drive in the village,” Yadav said, adding that medical personnel are camping overnight in the village.