The death toll due to dengue continued to mount on Thursday with seven deaths, taking the total to 47. Eighty-five new cases of dengue have been reported in the last 24 hours.
Six persons succumbed to the dengue fever at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and fifty-three fresh admissions were made in the dengue ward.
One patient died at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. “One of our patients died due to dengue in the last 24 hours. But he also had liver problems which contributed to the death. The patient was a resident of Shahdara,” said Dr N.K. Chaturvedi, Medical Superintendent, RML Hospital.
At AIIMS, 65-year-old Riyaz from Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and 32-year-old Yashpal Singh from Palam succumbed to Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) while 55-year-old Shivdevi and Ramnath Kumar (25) from Kotla Mubarakpur, Jitender Kumar (25) from New Kondli and Hanuman Singh (70) from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh died due to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF).
Doctors and health experts are now banking on the change in weather for the outbreak to be curbed.
And the overnight rain and the subsequent dip in temperature have already signalled that there will now be a downturn in the the transmission of the dengue virus.
“We need to see daytime temperature of 16 degree Celsius. Decrease in daytime temperatures would certainly lead to a change in the disease pattern. The Aedes mosquito thrives on hot, humid and high temperature, which is anywhere between 20-30 Degree Celsius,” said P.L. Joshi, Director of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.
According to doctors, the next couple of days could be vital. "This is definitely a good sign, but it is too soon to say if the rain will eventually lead to reduction in dengue and chikungunya cases. The mosquito transmission goes down only when the days are cooler," said Dr D.K. Sharma, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS.