With a viral disease spreading in UP — the western districts appear to be the epicentre — CM Yogi Adityanath in a meeting on Monday formed special teams to study the virus and come up with a plan to control its spread in the three worst-hit districts of Firozabad, Mathura and Mainpuri. This came after the Times Of India did a series of reports on the “intense” viral fever, which claimed 70 by Monday, according to sources — 50 in Firozabad, 12 in Mathura and eight in Mainpuri. Earlier in the day, the CM had confirmed the death of 32 children and seven adults in Firozabad owing to a “suspicious dengue-like fever in the district”.
The disease is marked by high fever, a sudden drop in platelet count and severe dehydration. “We will examine the disease and take time-bound action. Special teams have been set up,” Yogi said.