Infant death takes dengue toll to 3

Earlier,a 9-year-old girl from Sangam Vihar and a 38-year-old man of Loni had died of the disease.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2012 1:30:01 am

Earlier,a 9-year-old girl from Sangam Vihar and a 38-year-old man of Loni had died of the disease.

A year-old girl had died of dengue in Lok Nayak Hospital,taking the number of deaths from the viral infection in the city this season to three. This was stated in the official report on dengue from the city’s municipal corporations on Friday.

Earlier,a nine-year-old girl from Sangam Vihar and a 38-year-old resident of Loni in Ghaziabad died in hospitals in the city.

According to hospital records,infant Chanchal died on October 12. Her father had admitted the child to LN Hospital. She was suffering from high fever.

The records showed that the family belonged to “quarter number 8,Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) colony” near LN Hospital.

But the civic agency report said the “address given by the hospital could not be traced in an around LNJP Colony. Hence,the death is included as ‘untraced’”.

A senior health official from the South Municipal Corporation said: “Our officials went to the colony looking for the family. But they could not find anybody by the name,Prem Lal,given on the hospital register. The patient’s hospital papers,corroborated by reports from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),say she had dengue.”

A doctor from the paediatric department of the hospital said: “The girl’s platelets started falling drastically soon after she was admitted to our hospital. She died of internal bleeding from low platelet count.”

This is the second dengue death in the hospital,after the 38-year-old Ghaziabad man succumbed to the disease last month.

Another 34 dengue cases were reported on Friday,taking the total number of people diagnosed with the viral infection to 585.

The South Municipal Corporation,with 219 confirmed cases,has reported the highest dengue patients this year,followed by the North corporation’s 207 cases. The East corporation has reported 132 cases.

A total of 13 patients have tested positive from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area,while five persons from neighbouring states have been diagnosed with the disease in city hospitals.

Civic officials said the number would fall in the next two weeks as the winter is setting in.

“We are maintaining intense surveillance,with regular fumigation efforts,particularly where patients are testing positive,” an official said.

Health Minister Dr A K Walia said the civic staff would be penalised if fumigation is not carried out properly in areas where most dengue cases were reported.

Dengue strains

Dengue has four identified strains. Type-I is most common,while Type-III is known for its virulent effects such as haemorrhage and shock syndrome. patients who struggle with a rapidly dipping platelet count might find hope in Vitamin E,usually found in dry fruits like almonds.

Fresh cases

Another 34 dengue cases were reported on Friday,taking the total number of people diagnosed with the viral infection to 585

The South Municipal Corporation,with 219 confirmed cases,has reported the highest dengue patients this year,followed by the North corporation’s 207 cases. The East corporation has reported 132 cases

A total of 13 patients have tested positive from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area,while five persons from neighbouring states have been diagnosed with the disease in city hospitals

Health Minister Dr A K Walia said the civic staff would be penalised if fumigation is not carried out properly

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