A 45-year-old female from Sindhudurg died of dengue on Wednesday at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, becoming the first dengue death in the city. This comes at a time when Delhi has been battling the vector-borne disease, with the capital registering 10 deaths as on Wednesday due to Chikungunya. So far 122 cases have been confirmed in September alone in Mumbai and 1,513 people are said to be suffering from dengue in total.
In Ludhiana, a 38-year-old women was tested positive today for Chikungunya. Five more cases have been reported in Patiala in the past 20 days. Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani, who was unaware of any known cases of Chikungunya in the state, said,” Patients must have visited Delhi, we will see to the arrangements in all district hospitals as cases have started pouring.”
However, Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Renu Chatwal said,”The patient had no history of travelling to Delhi and hence we cannot link it with Delhi. However, the patient is doing fine and our doctors are in touch with her. Her fever is under control.”
The fever is caused by the Aegypti Aedes mosquito, which is also responsible for dengue.