A DAY after the first confirmed chikungunya death was reported in the capital from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the death toll from the vector-borne disease has risen to five. While the hospital confirmed three more deaths due to chikungunya Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman died of the disease at the MCD-run Hindu Rao Hospital, making it the first confirmed death of a Delhi resident. According to officials, Isha, from Kabir Nagar in northeast Delhi, died of “chikungunya with myocarditis” on September 1.
While the latest MCD figures do not mention any deaths from chikungunya, sources at the MCD hospital told The Indian Express that on September 5, the final report confirmed her death due to the vector-borne disease with myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscles). The same was conveyed to the MCD on September 6, added the sources.
Medical Superintendent of Hindu Rao hospital Dr Ajit Kumar Goyal said, “The patient was admitted on August 25. She had symptoms of fever. However, her condition was stable and normal. After four days, she was diagnosed with myocarditis. She was then shifted to the ICU. She had also developed complications along with chikungunya.”
The other three victims have been identified as Uday Shankar (61), a resident of Dwarka, P Kalra (75) from Mathura and Ashok Chauhan (62) from Uttar Pradesh.
According to officials, Shankar was “critical” and died on September 12 while Kalra died on Tuesday evening of “kidney failure and chikungunya”. Chauhan, who was brought to the hospital in a “critical condition”, was admitted to the ICU and a test confirmed chikungunya, added the officials. He died on September 12. The cause of death of the first victim, R Pandey, was “chikungunya with sepsis”.
According to the latest MCD figures, chikungunya cases in the capital have already crossed the 1,000 mark. Till September 10, as many as 1,057 people tested positive for the disease — up from 560 cases the week before. According to MCD data, the densely populated South Delhi Municipal Corporation area continues to record the highest number of cases — 202. Of this, 139 were reported in the last one week. The figures also show that 947 people contracted the disease in Delhi, while 110 acquired it outside.