Dengue claimed its first victim in Delhi on Monday, when Tabbasum Zaved, 9, died of multiple-organ failure at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) confirmed the death on Friday.
Zaved, a resident of the unauthorised settlement of Sangam Vihar near Karni Range in south Delhi, was admitted to the emergency ward on Monday morning.
“She had a platelet count of 50,000, and within hours it went below 20,000. She died of multi-organ failure. Her blood reports confirmed later that she had dengue,” said a doctor in the department of medicine, who did not want to be identified.
Anything between 1.5 to 4.5 lakh is considered a normal platelet count.
Eight new cases were reported on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the Capital to 64. In 2011, there were 216 cases and three deaths.
The MCD has intensified fogging drives across the city.
Delhi has also confirmed six chikungunya cases. Three of the patients are locals, one of who recently visited Mumbai. The remaining three are from Uttar Pradesh. In 2011, Delhi recorded four chikungunya cases.