Dehradun, October 29
Thirty six persons have tested positive for dengue in the state, prompting the authorities to sound an alert in the affected areas today.

"One person has tested positive for the virus here while 35 cases have been confirmed in Haridwar district. However, we are trying our best to control further spread of the virus by providing immediate medical assistance to the affected persons," said Health Minister Surendra Singh Negi.
A majority of the patients have been admitted to Himalayan Hospital, Jolly Grant, and CMI Hospital in the city.
The Chief Medical Officers in the affected districts had been put on the alert and asked to take preventive measures like cleaning up drains, intensifying fogging and creating awareness among people about the importance of maintaining hygiene, he said.
"They have also been asked to send a daily report to me on the measures taken such as the areas visited, the steps taken to prevent further occurrence of the disease and the number of people diagnosed with the symptoms of dengue," he said.
Nearly 150 suspected cases of dengue had been reported from Haridwar and Roorkee last week, of which 35 have been confirmed as positive.

However, the minister asked people not to panic and instead think of preventive measures they could take at their own level to combat the 

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