At least 40 people, down with fever since last evening, have been admitted to Chandannagar hospital. The residents of Chapdani, Bhadreswar, Telinipara and Baidyabati are in a state of fear over the outbreak. Dr Jagannath Mondal, Chandannagar hospital superintendent, said: “The hospital is getting many patients with fever. We are maintaining a separate register for the patients suffering from fever. We have asked them to conduct blood test for dengue. Tests were done and we are waiting for the blood reports to come. If any patient is found carrying dengue virus, the person will be promptly shifted to a red zone ward where the dengue patients will be kept under constant observation.’’

Dr Pradip Kumar Das, IMA’s Serampore branch president, said: “There is no cause for panic. People are suffering from fever. It is probably due to change in weather and incessant rain. There are chances of people getting affected with viral fever. The patients complain of high fever, cough, cold, body ache, severe headache, pain in the eyes, vomiting tendency and extreme debility.’’ The blood test for dengue must be carried out promptly.

However, it is advised if any fever persists for more than three days, blood test should be conducted. Consultation with an experienced physician is a must, so that the patient can avail prompt and better medical services at different government hospitals, said Dr. Das.