Delhi-NCR continued to reel under the deadly sting of dengue as a 42-year-old woman lost her life to suspected dengue fever at a Noida hospital on Friday while a 10-year-old girl suffered multi-organ failure due to the vector-borne disease in Gurgaon.
The national Capital also reported 37 new dengue cases, taking the total number of affected persons to 872. Of these eight people belong to places outside Delhi.
Mamata Jindal, 42, died at a Noida hospital of suspected dengue fever. Jindal, a resident of Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, was referred to the private hospital from another hospital in Ghaziabad where she was admitted with suspected dengue symptoms.
Her husband Yogesh said the private hospital in Ghaziabad told him that his wife had symptoms of dengue fever. "Her condition deteriorated and her platelet count continued to drop rapidly," Yogesh added.
Ghaziabad health department officials, however, said the death will be registered as dengue death only after the test result is out.
Ghaziabad chief medical officer Ajay Aggarwal said the victim's samples were ordered to be sent to CMO office at Noida. "We can confirm the death only after the sample tests positive. The samples will be tested after the holidays," CMO added.
Last month, a young man had succumbed to suspected dengue fever at Sanjay Nagar in Ghaziabad. At present, around 11 people have tested positive for dengue after 200 samples were tested, officials said. In 2011, only nine cases were tested positive for dengue.
In Gurgaon, a 10-year-old girl is undergoing treatment for multi-organ dysfunction due to dengue in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital.
The girl was admitted to Park Hospital on October 24.
"It is a case of dengue shock syndrome where her heart, liver and lungs have been infected by the virus," said Dr Arshad Hussain, ICU director and case in-charge.
The student of DAV school in Sector 48 was admitted with a platelet count of 15,000. "She had high fever, after which we got the blood tests done. When we got to know that she had dengue, we immediately admitted her to the hospital," said her mother Poonam Goel.According to the doctors, the girl's heart is functioning at a 30%-35% level. A normal human being's heart functions at 60%. There is also fluid accumulation in her lungs, and her liver is also affected. However, her platelet count rose up to 85,000 on Saturday.The total number of dengue cases in the millennium city has reached 304, with one death.