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Fifth dengue death as cases cross 3,500

A 17-year-old girl became the fifth in the capital to fall to dengue,as the total number of diagnosed cases so far this year crossed 3,500.

A 17-year-old girl became the fifth in the capital to fall to dengue,as the total number of diagnosed cases so far this year crossed 3,500.

Yashica Narang from Rajouri Garden died on September 24 at Sir Ganga Ram hospital,a day after she was admitted there. Yashika had tested positive for the IgM antibody for the dengue virus through ELISA technology.

Four dengue deaths have been confirmed so far,including a six-year-old girl who died at Safdarjung hospital last month. Seven others,who died with symptoms of dengue last month and tested positive for either the antigen or antibody of the virus through the rapid tests,have been listed as “suspected” dengue deaths by the civic bodies.

According to officials,if patients who have tested positive through rapid tests are taken into account,the total count may increase 2-3 times.

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“In terms of treatment,it may not make any difference since the dengue treatment is on the basis of symptoms. But the kits give a lot of false positives. So in line with the Centre’s guidelines,we have been asked to take only ELISA tests into account,” an South Municipal Corporation official said.

According to the civic bodies,3,519 confirmed cases of dengue were reported till Monday,with nearly 1,400 cases being witnessed in October alone. Thirty-seven patients from neighbouring states were admitted in Delhi hospitals for the viral disease.

Health minister Dr A K Walia said prevention of the virus was the mandate given to the civic bodies. “The Delhi government is doing its best to treat dengue… we have made provisions at every hospital,including private ones,to increase their availability of beds. We are also trying to ensure the availability of platelets for people who require blood transfusion,” Dr Walia said.

September saw a total of 1,962 cases,the highest for a month so far this year. The North Municipal corporation has recorded the highest cases at 1,621,followed by the South civic body at 981 cases. The East corporation has recorded 773 cases.

Rohini Zone,with 749 cases,has seen the highest dengue cases in a single zone. Two suspected deaths from the virus have also been recorded in this area.

Meanwhile,cases of malaria have dipped with five reported this month against 62 in September.

Mosquito breeding has been found in 1,56,331 households so far against 91,417 last year for the same period. Number of prosecution launched is 20,575 compared to 5,865 last year for the same period.