Lucknow: In the last six weeks, an “unknown fever” has claimed 79 lives in Uttar Pradesh. Further, medical teams have been put on high alert and have been asked to check the spread of unnecessary alarm among the people. Meanwhile, necessary medicines are being distributed, fogging and spraying of larvacides have been undertaken as well.

Death audit is being conducted in all the cases and an active surveillance has been initiated in the rural and urban areas to prevent the spread of the disease, a spokesman said. An awareness drive is also being carried out against the unnecessary alarm which is being caused by “misleading and incorrect media reports”, he added.

The toll in Bareilly reached 24, followed by Badaun and Hardoi at 23 and 12 respectively, a spokesman said, adding that Sitapur accounted for eight deaths, Bahraich six, Pilibhit four and Shahjahanpur two.

It must be noted that dengue cases have seen a spurt in the national city with at least 136 people being diagnosed with it this month, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease in the city this season to 243, according to a municipal report released on Monday. At least 225 cases of malaria and 60 of chikungunya have also been reported till September 15. Of the total 243 dengue cases this season, 136 were reported till mid-September, 58 in August, 19 in July, six in January, three in February, one in March, two in April, 10 in May and eight in June, the report added.

(With agency inputs)