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Climb in city’s dengue count slows down

The number of dengue cases in the capital has been rising at a slower rate so far this month as compared to October.

The number of dengue cases in the capital has been rising at a slower rate so far this month as compared to October,municipal health officials said.

According to official reports from the civic agencies,the death of a 28-year-old man who had been admitted to Rockland Hospital has been recorded as the ninth suspected dengue death this year. Authorities are still awaiting a confirmatory ELISA test,though 28-year-old Keshar Singh tested positive in the NS-1 antigen test performed through rapid diagnostic kits.

According to the latest report from the municipal corporations,the total count of patients diagnosed with the viral disease was 4,618 on November 4,up from 4,402 on October 28.

Six deaths have been confirmed from the virus — all of these tested positive for the antigen or antibody test for dengue through the ELISA technology.

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Keshar Singh,a resident of Ghitorni who died on September 30 at Rockland Hospital,is the ninth person to be listed as a suspected dengue death. “According to government of India guidelines,only patients who test positive for the antigen or antibody tests through the ELISA technology are counted as confirmed dengue cases. Rapid test kits are known to give a number of false positives,so we are awaiting confirmation on patients who tested positive through rapid test kits,” a civic health official said.

An additional 53 cases have been reported from the rest of NCR. In Delhi,most dengue cases have been reported from North corporation’s jurisdiction (1,958),followed by South (1,373) and East (1,163) corporations.