Delhi woman dies of dengue, toll rises to 14 now


Delhi continues to grapple with the menace of Dengue even though the health minister, Satyendra Jain, has ruled out any possibility of its outbreak in the capital.

(Also read: Alarming rise in dengue cases in Delhi, highest since 2010: Reports)

A 41-year-old woman died of dengue in New Delhi on Monday morning, taking the total number of dengue deaths in the city hospitals to at least 14 but officially the toll remained five.

(Also read: Dengue in Delhi: 1427 in eight months and counting)

Monika Bahl from Lajpat Nagar area, died at Moolchand Hospital of dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.

Doctors said she was brought to the hospital following fever and vomiting.

(Also read: Dengue death: “What’s the use of investigation? We’ve lost a bright student,” say Avinash’s teachers)

Srikant Sharma, the senior consultant for internal medicine at Moolchand Hospital said, “She was shifted to the ICU three days after admission when she developed respiratory problems. She tested positive for dengue antibody test, which means she had contracted the disease earlier and this time again.”

Delhi’s civic bodies have so far confirmed only five dengue deaths in the capital. However, deaths caused by dengue have gone up to at least 14. Civic bodies update the figures officially only on a weekly basis and release or confirm the deaths only every Monday.

Data released by the three civic corporations North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South DMC and East DMC on Monday said that till September 12, the number of deaths due to dengue in the city was five and the number of dengue cases was 1,872.

Delhi’s hospitals are now being directed to open ‘special fever clinics’ to deal with patients of suspected Dengue cases to ease the rush in emergency wards.

(Inputs from agencies)