41-year-old dies of dengue, 8th victim in November in Mumbai

  • Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 21:57 IST

Mulund resident Purnima Iyer, 41, died of dengue infection last Wednesday. She is the eight Mumbaiite to die of dengue in November.

Iyer was admitted to a private surgical nursing home on November 8, after her blood reports showed that she had dengue infection.

However, on November 10, when her condition deteriorated, Iyer was shifted to Platinum Hospital in Mulund, where she was put on ventilator support.

“She complained of fever on November 7 and came home early from work. The next day, we took her to Saarthi hospital, where they screened her for dengue,” said PS Nagarajan, Iyer’s brother-in-law, adding that her condition deteriorated suddenly as her liver and kidneys were damaged.

Civic officials said they are yet to conclude if dengue was the only cause for Iyer’s death. Her treating physician at Platinum Hospital, however, confirmed that Iyer died of complications arising out of dengue infection.

“She had a history of breast cancer. But that has nothing to do with her dengue infection. She had developed a severe form of dengue. Her blood platelet count had dropped to 39,000 cu/mm,” said Dr Sanket Agarwal, administrator, Platinum Hospital.

Doctors have concluded that Iyer died of acute cardio-respiratory arrest, multi-organ failure in cases of dengue fever.

Iyer, who used to work as a deputy manager in a public sector bank, is survived by her son and mother. She is the second person to die of dengue in Mulund.

Doctors from a private hospital in the locality said dengue cases are on a rise in the area.

Ironically, in Iyer’s case, the civic body did not screen her house and locality for breeding sites after she was tested positive for dengue. The civic body claims its officials screen homes and surrounding of those detected with dengue.

It was only two days after her death that the civic body screened her home and nearby areas. “We had complained to the local office about the dengue menace and it was then that they sent their team. They told us that they found breeding spots in an under-construction building in the colony where she (Iyer) used to live,” said Nagarajan

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