Dengue claimed one more life pushing the country-wide toll to 139 as fresh cases of the mosquito-borne infection on Thursday rose by 176, taking the total number of people who have been afflicted to 7940.
A 50-year-old man, a resident of East Delhi, succumbed to dengue increasing the death toll to 52 in the national Capital while 77 new cases were admitted to various hospitals in New Delhi including 36 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Sone Lal died within five hours of his admission at AIIMS of Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF), a severe form of the disease, its Medical Superintendent DK Sharma said.
Director of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) PL Joshi claimed that there was decline in the density of dengue-causing mosquito Aedes Aegypti.
"In the next few days, we will be able to say surely whether dengue is in a declining mode," Joshi observed, maintaining that anti-dengue measures would have to continue.
In addition to the 52 deaths in Delhi, dengue toll in other places was—19 in Maharashtra, 16 in Andhra Pradesh, 13 each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 7 in Karnataka, 5 in West Bengal, 4 each in Punjab and Kerala, 3 in Gujarat, 2 in Haryana and one in Tamil Nadu.
The number of people affected by the virus is—2293 in Delhi, 972 in Rajasthan, 834 in Kerala, 702 in West Bengal, 657 in Punjab, 582 in Maharashtra, 456 in Gujarat, 315 in Haryana, 308 in Tamil Nadu, 100 in Chandigarh, 92 in Karnataka and 88 in Andhra Pradesh.