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Dengue toll up, 72 new cases reported

With this the total number of people affected by the deadly disease in the capital has gone up to 799.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2006 15:30 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Three weeks after the first dengue death was reported, the spread of the mosquito-borne disease continued unchecked with 72 new cases reported in the capital on Wednesday, taking the total number of affected people to 1,111.

Of these, 719 are from Delhi while the rest are from areas close to the national capital.

Taking note of the increasing cases, Health Minister Anubumani Ramadoss visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday morning to review the situation.

"The minister met some of the patients and inquired about their well-being during his hour long visit," said DK Sharma, medical superintendent.

Ramadoss also visited the newly formed special dengue ward in the hospital.

According to Sharma, there were 39 new patients in the hospital, taking the total to 179.

"In the past 24 hours, around 48 people have been discharged from the hospital and no deaths have been reported," he said.

Most patients coming to AIIMS were from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

In an effort to get a grip on the situation, the Delhi health services also carried out a review meeting to discuss the situation.

"The discussion was on the colonies that have been identified as dengue-prone and the measures being taken to control the growth of mosquitoes in the area," said NK Yadav, health officer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Availability of blood in the 53 licensed blood banks in Delhi was also discussed.

Across India, 3,803 people have been affected and 52 have died of the deadly viral fever. This includes 23 deaths in Delhi.

Dengue, caused by the bite of the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which breeds in stagnant water, is marked by high fever, skin rashes and joint pain. A sharp drop in blood platelet count can prove fatal.

Among other affected states are Kerala (713 cases), Gujarat (424), Rajasthan (328), West Bengal (314), Tamil Nadu (368), Maharashtra (226) and Uttar Pradesh (259).

Officials said that cases were also reported from Haryana (73), Karnataka (60) and Andhra Pradesh (9).

First Published: Oct 11, 2006 00:00 IST