A 35-year-old woman died due to organ failure at a Gurgaon hospital on Friday after she was diagnosed with dengue, becoming the season’s first victim of the vector-borne disease in Delhi-NCR.
The Delhi-based woman was admitted to the private hospital three days ago with very low platelet count, hospital sources said.
The death was reported by hospital authorities early on Saturday. Though both Delhi and Ghaziabad have been reporting dengue cases but no death has been recorded from the two cities as yet.
However, Gurgaon health department officials, including the district malaria officer and the civil surgeon, denied having received any confirmed reports.
“We have told all private hospitals to report such incidents immediately. However, we have not received any such report yet,” said Dr Pushpa Bishnoi, civil surgeon, Gurgaon.
Gurgaon has recorded 12 confirmed cases of dengue so far, though none required hospitalization. Over 10 cases have been reported in the past two weeks itself that were reported, ironically, during the dengue prevention month observed by the health department.
While most dengue cases are reported during the monsoon starting in late July, the first case was reported earlier than usual this year. According to doctors, the trend is worrying as this may mean more number of cases this year.
“The Flavi-virus that is responsible for causing dengue completes a cycle of three years this time. Every three years when a cycle is completed, number of cases go up. This is why higher number of cases was recorded in 2009 and again in 2012”, explained Dr VK Thapar, district malaria officer, Gurgaon.
While some hospitals are issuing advisories, others are holding discussions with residents to inform them of the preventive measures to be taken for protecting them from the disease. Every year, hundreds of dengue cases are reported in Gurgaon.
“Normally, the monsoon season brings with it several kinds of viral infections and fevers. Most of them are largely harmless and abate after a week or so. However, the fever could be due to dengue. It is important to be on guard against it and not let mosquitoes breed in your surroundings,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, consultant (internal medicine), Paras Hospital, Gurgaon.
Doctors suggest using mosquito repellant, maintaining personal hygiene, keeping the surroundings clean, wearing full-sleeve clothes and not allowing water or garbage to accumulate to prevent dengue.