Submitted by Kumuda on Mon, 2016-04-18 16:21 Bantwal: At least 16 dengue cases have been detected including one malaria in a colony that falls under Amtady in the taluk. The sudden outbreak in the dengue cases has sent alarming notes across the taluk. While a few victims have been recovered after treatment, many are still being treated at a private hospital in Tumbay. They are Lalita, Ratnam Dhanu Kirti, Chetan and Priya, Deepika and Ritesh. Local leaders allege that although it was brought to the notice of gram pancyayat and taluk panchayat officers, they did not make an effort to visit the colony. Upset leaders complained to the district health officer who rushed to the private hospital where the patients are being treated at Thumbay. Later, during the inspection, the district health officer found that water was stagnated at plantations and drains. Rotten areca leaves in the drains were left unattended serving them to be breeding ground for mosquitoes. He instructed the gram panchayat and taluk panchayat officials to take steps to fogging the area and sensitise people about the outbreak of communicable diseases. Following the instructions, the officials carried out fogging in the area on Saturday.