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Brain fever back in Delhi, 20 dead

About 350 cases have been reported in various Delhi hospitals since December 2005, according to MCD officials.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 03:56 IST
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Sixteen people have died of meningococcemia disease in Delhi hospitals since December 2005, MCD officials said.

Overall 20 deaths have been reported, of which four are suspected and 16 confirmed cases of the disease, which is caused by bacteria and is characterised by fever, headache and rash.

About 350 cases have been reported in various Delhi hospitals since December 2005, according to officials.

Of these, about 180 are confirmed cases and 170 are suspected meningococcemia, cases, they said.

"The cases are more this year than the previous year," officials said.

However, these cases also include those from neighbouring states like Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, they said.

They said the disease would subside in summer. Crowded conditions lead to the spread of the disease.