Bhubaneswar, Aug 29: As many as 3096 dengue cases were detected in Odisha by August 27 out of 46,491 blood sample tests.
While highest 1409 dengue patients were detected in Khordha district, 324 cases were reported in Puri, 278 in Cuttack, 277 in Balasore, 173 in Jagatsinghpur and 116 in Nayagarh. However, Bhubaneswar city has turned hotspot.
The health department has made special arrangements in four Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the city to manage overcrowd in Capital Hospital.
Ten special beds have been arranged in the four CHCs. Besides, Capital Hospital authorities have added more beds in the designated dengue wards with a special counter for the collection of samples.
Now dengue is in plateau stage. As the testing capacity has increased double-fold this year, more patients are being detected. Last year testing positive rate was 9 percent. This year it is only 6 percent and only 5 percent of patients are critical. However, people are taking admission unnecessarily with mild cases, said public health director Dr Niranjan Mishra.