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Delhi Reports Year’s 1st Dengue Death

Published: 05th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th October 2014 11:31 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing cleanliness drive  the national capital witnessed its first dengue death. Rishi M Qaddaffi, an eight-year-old, hailing from Srinagar died of dengue at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and according to hospital authorities, the boy was brought in for suspected dengue infection on September 28.

Spokesperson of the hospital, Ajoy Sehgal said, “After running several tests, doctors confirmed that the child was suffering from dengue fever. The tests also revealed that  he had leukaemia.”

Following this, the boy was kept under constant observation and was being provided all necessary treatment. However, doctors said that the dengue made the boy too weak, leading to his death. “Rishi died late on Friday evening,” said Sehgal.

This is the first dengue death reported in the city this year. As per the latest data released by municipal corporations in Delhi, a total of 98 cases had been reported in the city till September 27, while the figure stood at 75 till September 20.

However, while the North Corporation reported the maximum cases until two weeks ago, the South seems to have suddenly had a rush of cases being reported.

Almost 39 cases had been reported from the South, while 18 and 13 were reported from the North and East respectively.

The national capital had reported a large number of dengue cases in 2010, with over 6,200 cases. In 2009, 1,153 cases were registered, over 1,300 cases in 2008, 1,131 cases in 2011 and 2,093 cases in 2012.

The decline in the number of cases this year has been attributed to the delayed onset of rains and the preventive drive undertaken by the civic bodies much before  the monsoon.

The civic bodies are continuing with preventive measures like fumigation, checking of mosquito breeding areas and awareness campaigns to control the dengue menace, said sources.

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