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Bhubaneswar:  Nine more dengue cases were confirmed in Odisha on Wednesday, taking the number of those infected with the mosquito-borne disease in the state to 22 this year although no death has been reported so far, an official said.

Of the latest nine cases, highest five cases have been reported from Cuttack city, about 26 km from Bhubaneswar. Jajpur reported two cases while Angul and Dhenkanal districts have both reported one each.

"No death has been reported so far. There is nothing to panic. Elaborate arrangements have been made to deal with the situation," state health secretary P.K. Mohapatra told IANS.

The state government has created a special ward for dengue patients at Sriram Chandra Bhanja (SCB) Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

Besides, the local administrations concerned have launched special sanitation drives in the affected areas to check the spread of the disease, he said.

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