Dengue claims its third victim in a week in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 12:41 IST

Dengue has claimed another life in the state capital, taking the death toll due to the mosquito-borne infection in the city to eight this year. Over the last week itself, three persons have died of dengue in Bhopal.

A 40-year-old woman from Shahpura, who had been undergoing treatment in a private nursing home, succumbed to the disease, health department officials said on Tuesday. Earlier, a 75-year-old patient succumbed to the disease on Friday, while a 20-year-old youth died on Saturday at Hamidia Hospital.

Though health officials have claimed the dengue menace has been controlled as only 1-2 dengue patients are reporting in hospitals, sources said more than 10 fresh cases of dengue are being diagnosed almost every second day.

The total number of dengue patients has crossed 420 in the state capital in 2014, but instead of taking measures to check the lacunas in dengue control programme, the officials of health department have been instructed to hide the details of new dengue patients, sources said.

Temp decline may bring down dengue cases
With the advent of winter season, the number of dengue cases may decline, doctors say.

"As the temperature is decreasing, we expect that number of dengue cases in upcoming days will also reduce," paediatrician Dr Rakesh Mishra said.

The aedes mosquitoes, responsible for spreading dengue, require atmospheric temperature of 21-23 degree Celsius but with the advent of winter the minimum temperature has dipped to 17 degree Celsius.

1. Abrupt onset of high fever
2. Severe frontal headache
3. Pain behind the eyes which worsens with eye movement
4. Muscle and joint pain
5. Loss of sense of taste and appetite
6. Measles-like rash over chest and upper limbs

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