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Nationwide dengue death count climbs to 136

The nationwide death count rose to 136 today as 388 fresh cases poured in from several states taking the number of those afflicted to 7,488.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 00:17 IST

With one more person succumbing to dengue, the nationwide death count rose to 136 on Monday as 388 fresh cases poured in from several states taking the number of those afflicted to 7,488.

One person died of the mosquito-borne viral disease in Rajasthan, PL Joshi, Director of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, told reporters.

Another fatality was reported from AIIMS, he said but authorities at the premier Institute stated this was counted as a suspected case of dengue earlier and was confirmed only on Monday.

"We had reported it earlier," said DK Sharma, AIIMS Medical Superintendent.

As many as 388 fresh cases were reported from across the country since Sunday evening taking the number of dengue patients to 7,488.

With mercury dipping in the national capital, there was a decline in dengue cases as 53 new patients were admitted to various hospitals on Monday against an average of around 80 per day in the past week.

No deaths due to the deadly fever were reported in Delhi in the past two days and the toll till now stood at 49.

With 53 fresh cases, the total number of dengue patients in the national capital rose to 2,104, health officials said.

Delhi Municipal Health Officer NK Yadav said plunging mercury had led to a downward trend in dengue cases as the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, carrier of the dengue virus, could not survive in cold conditions.

"The mosquito breeds less vigorously in temperatures ranging between 18 degrees and 24 degrees and stops breeding completely once the mercury dips below 18 degrees," said Bir Singh, Professor of Community Medicine at AIIMS.

Since last evening, AIIMS admitted 41 fresh cases and discharged 31 patients.

First Published: Oct 23, 2006 22:56 IST