Mancherial: Viral fever claimed another life in Kannepalli mandal centre. Vanaja, an intermediate student died of the fever on Sunday.
In addition to that, around 20 residents of the interior village have been diagnosed with the fever and they are being treated at Mancherial Area Hospital. Already, two tribals including an elderly woman reportedly died of the fever on Saturday.
Authorities of Health and Medical Department said the deceased was identified as Gurulla Vanaja (19), a tribal student of Kannepalli mandal headquarters. They informed that 20 odd persons of Schedule Tribal (ST) Colony in the village who were diagnosed with the fever were undergoing treatment at Mancherial Area Hospital and some private hospital of the town. They added that medical condition of the patients was stable.
On Saturday, Edula Mallesh (40) and Chintapuri Venkakka (60), both natives of Kannepalli mandal centre reportedly died of the fever. Mallesh was a village level coordinator of Sakshara Bharat programme of Union government, while Venkakka was an agriculture labourer, belonging to one of the Scheduled Tribes.
Collector RV Karnan told Telangana Today that authorities of Medical and Health, and, Rural Water Supply were camping in Kannepalli mandal headquarters in order to prevent the outbreak of the viral fever that reportedly claimed three lives. He said that the fever started after consumption of contaminated water from an overhead tank around which mud was formed.
“We are on the job to address the problem. District Health and Medical officer, two medical officers, entire mechanism of the Health Department and all doctors are camping in Kannepalli mandal for taking appropriate measures in the wake of the outbreak of the fever. So far, an elderly woman and a female student has died of the fever,” Karnan said when asked about measures being taken.
The Collector said Mallesh, who reportedly died of the fever, had a history of prolonged ailment. A team of doctors and officials from State and Union government would visit mandal centre for finding the reasons for the outbreak on Monday. As part of preventive measures, authorities of Panchayat Raj were asked to take necessary steps, he said.