GHAZIABAD: A 45-year-old woman constable today died of suspected dengue here, with 60 more persons tested positive for the virus in the district.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (CO City-IInd) Vijay Pratap said that lady constable Rama Sharma, posted at Sihani Gate police station, was suffering from fever for the past 15 days and was admitted in a private hospital.
On September 13, she was shifted to Yashoda Hospital here.
Sharma's platelet count was 11,400 on the day she was brought to the hospital and tested positive for NS1 antigen test (an early diagnosis of dengue virus infection), Yashoda Hospital doctor, Sangeeta Garg, said.
Meanwhile, the district Malaria officer Gyanendra Mishra said that the constable died of multiple organ failure and not dengue.
Her 'anti-body' test was found negative even after seven days. Her platelet count had plummeted and the infusion of platelets was need of the hour, Mishra said.
A 40-year-old woman, who was admitted at Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital here, died of dengue some 25 days ago, the hospital chairman Vinay Aggarwal said, making it the second reported death due to the virus in the district.
Mishra further said that out of 450 tests conducted for suspected dengue, 60 persons have confirmed positive to the virus.
In addition to the new cases, 50 patients from Delhi, 25 from Noida, 5 from Hapur and 15 patients of Bulandshahr are being treated for dengue at various hospitals in Ghaziabad, he said.