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Dengue claims three more lives in Delhi

With 58 fresh cases, the total number of dengue patients in the city rose to 2872, civic health officials said.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 16:57 IST

Dengue claimed three more victims in the Capital taking the death toll to 61, while 58 fresh cases were registered in various hospitals across the city.

Sheela Devi (35) of Gurgaon, Rajesh (28) of Karawal Nagar, Delhi and Shivani (11) of Kalkaji, Delhi, died at AIIMS in the last 24 hours, the hospital spokesman said.

The Board of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi reviewed the deaths suspected to have been caused by dengue and found that six persons had died due to other complications.

The official dengue death toll, which was 57 on Friday, has been revised to 54.

With 58 fresh cases, the total number of dengue patients in the city rose to 2872, civic health officials said.

"Dengue cases have been on a decline in the Capital with the onset of winters," Municipal Health Officer NK Yadav said.

Health officials said dengue deaths could be attributed to the fluctuating day temperatures that were ideal for the virus-carrying mosquitoes to breed.

"The temperature during the day normally hovers between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. This is the ideal range for the breeding of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito," he said.

Dengue is caused by the bite of the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding in stagnant water. It is marked by high fever, joint pain, skin rashes and a sharp drop in platelets in the blood that can prove fatal.