A 48-year-old man admitted at Fortis hospital has become the first confirmed victim of dengue this year, according to municipal authorities. Mahender Singh, a resident of Chawla village in West Delhi who was admitted on September 13 and died the same day of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), tested positive for dengue virus, a report of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation states.
DHF is a complication associated with the virus, where a severe dip in platelet count leads to bleeding and death.
Municipal authorities said anti-mosquito activities, including fumigation and cleaning of drains and checking mosquito-
breeding sites, would be undertaken in areas near the residence of the victim.
Till October 4, 120 cases of the viral disease had been diagnosed by the three municipal corporations. Twenty-two cases were confirmed last week and authorities said the last few weeks have reported a steady hike in cases.
South corporation, with 48 cases, has reported the highest cases, with 21 cases recorded in North corporation areas and 19 cases in East corporation areas.
Areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have reported seven confirmed cases of dengue, while 13 patients from neighbouring states have sought treatment for the virus in Delhi hospitals.
The highest number of breeding spots have been identified in areas under the South corporation with over 93,000 breeding spots. Over 47,000 legal notices have been issued and 6,070 prosecutions launched. This is followed by North corporation with over 33,000 identified spots and around 3,600 prosecutions. Over 15,000 breeding spots have been identified under East corporations areas and 1,400 prosecutions launched.
Last year, when a sudden peak was reported in dengue, 2,881 cases were reported with four deaths. In 2012, 166 cases were reported with one death. In 2011, 306 cases and three deaths were reported and, in 2010, when another peak in cases was observed, 3,758 cases were reported with seven deaths.
Experts said the pattern of dengue outbreaks in the past have shown cases peaked every two-three years. “Dengue has four strains and while Type I and III have been observed to be the most common in Delhi, patterns change every few years. Last year, we had identified considerable number of cases of Type II for the first time since 1996,” a microbiologist from AIIMS said.