Dengue claimed its second victim in the national Capital, with a 38-year-old man succumbing to the disease in a city hospital.
The civic agencies, however, are yet to confirm it as a dengue death and, therefore, the official dengue toll remained at one death — which was confirmed on Friday.
Over the last week, two people have died of the vector-borne disease. On Friday, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) confirmed that a 9-year-old girl, who died of multi-organ failure on Monday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, suffered from dengue.
The second victim, a resident of Loni area near Delhi-UP border, was undergoing treatment at the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital for the past five days and died on early Saturday morning.
"He died around 7am due to capillary bleeding as a result of severe drop in the platelet count. His serology report is positive and we have informed the health department of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation," said a doctor in the hospital.
"It is just the beginning as the peak time for dengue starts from October and goes on till winter sets in. It is too early to predict the type of strain which is prevalent this season," said Dr Richa Dewan, medical superintendent of the hospital.
According to sources, the hospital has already reported 38 positive cases of dengue to the civic agency.
"We confirm the diagnosis only after the serology report is positive," said Dr Dewan.
The civic agency, however, reported no death on Saturday, only four new cases of dengue, taking the total number of persons affected with the disease to 68. "It will take time to reflect today's death in the dengue report. Next bulletin will have it," said a civic agency official.