First Dengue death in Delhi this season, 8-yr-old dies

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 00:33 IST

8-year-old Rishi Qaddafi died of dengue on Friday becoming the first confirmed case to succumb to the mosquito-borne infection in 2014.

The Srinagar-resident was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on September 28 with high fever. The child had leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, for which he was being treated since birth.

In 2014, 98 cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi till September 27, with the number of cases rising by 30% each week over the past fortnight. The recorded cases were 75 till September 20.

Read: Dengue may prove fatal for people with diabetes, cancer

There have been no deaths in 2014.

This year, most cases have been reported from South Delhi, shows data from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. To date, the confirmed cases are 18 (north corporation), 39 (south corporation) and 13 (east corporation), 15 cases from outer Delhi and 13 from neighbouring states.

In 2013, Delhi had 5,574 cases and six deaths.

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