September 21, Forty Years Ago: Dengue In Delhi

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on September 21, Forty Years Ago.

By: Express News Service | Updated: September 21, 2015 12:00:04 am
Indian Express, Indian Express front page, Indian Express paper A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on September 21, Forty Years Ago.

About half of Delhi’s population lives under the threat of a little-known health hazard — dengue fever, said a front page report. Over 46 per cent of the capital’s population carries antibodies of Group B virus, which is responsible for dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and Kyassanut Forest disease (named after a forest near Mysore). According to experts, 26.4 per cent of north Delhi’s population who have once suffered from Pyrexia or fever of unknown origin carry similar antibodies. Medical records revealed that an infection resembling dengue was prevalent during the second half of the 18th century in India and cases were reported throughout the 19th century. It was then also known as “backbone fever” because of the pain in the joints and muscles that accompanied the onset of the infection. In 1906, Dr Bankroft obtained the first piece of evidence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito being the vector of this virus. The first report of dengue in its severe hemorrhagic form came from Durban in 1927 and then from Athens in 1928.

Don’t Bother Centre

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi advised the states to rely on their own resources to face emergency situations like floods and drought. No state should be dependent on the Centre for financial aid in these matters.

Deshmukh Held

Nanaji Deshmukh, treasurer of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, was arrested.

Batting For Vietnams

The UN General Assembly rebuffed the US by adopting, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution asking the Security Council to reconsider “immediately and favourably” the applications for UN membership from the two Vietnam states. The resolution, sponsored by 61 countries, including India, was supported by 123 countries, while nine, including the US and Israel, abstained.

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