BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: Two more persons died of dengue on Sunday raising the death toll in the vector-borne disease to five in the state, while the number of dengue positive cases jumped to 575 with the detection of 108 new cases from a single village in Balasore district.
Integrated disease surveillance cell (IDSP) nodal officer Dr Pramila Baral confirmed one dengue death at SCB Medical College in Cuttack. The government is yet to get confirmation of the second death, she said.
The deceased at SCB Medical College and Hospital was identified as Biswajit Mohanty (27) from Balichanderpur in Jajpur district. He was admitted to the ICU of SCB hospital three days ago. Doctors said he was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. "He was admitted in a critical condition and was put on ventilator. But his condition deteriorated in the morning hours and he died," said Dr B N Moharana, emergency officer of SCB hospital.
At present, 23 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at SCB hospital. On Sunday, five new dengue cases were admitted to the hospital. The hospital has opened a 30-bed dengue ward in the wake of the outbreak.
The other deceased was identified as Chandra Maleshawar, an Indian Army jawan who succumbed to the disease at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He originally hailed from Bihar. His body was sent to his hometown after postmortem at Capital Hospital, sources said.