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38 new cases, dengue season to stay till Dec

A nine-month pregnant nurse from the Delhi government-run GB Pant Hospital died of suspected dengue fever at the Lok Nayak Hospital on Wednesday. Doctors said the dengue season will continue at least for a month even as 38 fresh cases were reported on Thursday. HT reports. Mosquito menace

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2012 02:10 IST
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A nine-month pregnant nurse from the Delhi government-run GB Pant Hospital died of suspected dengue fever at the Lok Nayak Hospital on Wednesday. Doctors said the dengue season will continue at least for a month even as 38 fresh cases were reported on Thursday.

She was admitted into the intensive care unit with dengue-like symptoms last Thursday. Her platelet count dropped rapidly and she also suffered from respiratory distress syndrome.

The civic agency, however, has not yet reported it as dengue death. On the same day, two more suspected dengue deaths, including that of an 11-year-old girl, were reported from different city hospitals. The civic agencies are yet to confirm these as dengue deaths.

The total number of dengue cases this season has gone upto 1057.

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The warm weather, says doctors, is responsible for dengue cases still pouring in large numbers in the national Capital. More than 30 cases are being reported by the civic agencies daily.

"There is every reason for the disease to continue as it came late this year and the average maximum temperature is just ideal for the growth of dengue mosquitoes. It looks like the disease will stay till November end and could possibly continue till December," said Dr KK Aggarwal, vice president elect, Indian Medical Association.

"The number of cases hasn't reduced at all; only yesterday we got five new admissions in our hospital - Moolchand-Medcity," he added.

Out of the 1057 cases, 924 have been reported in the month of October alone as it is the peak time for dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Out of these cases, nine persons are from outside Delhi. According to the official data from the civic agencies, two children have succumbed to the disease. Almost all hospitals are getting between 10 and 15 positive dengue cases daily and about an equal number of malaria cases.

"We only report confirmed cases to the civic agency and have so far reported more than 100 cases this year," said a senior doctor at one of the Delhi government-run hospitals.