Bengal dengue death toll rises to four

September 5th, 2012 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 5 (IANS) The official dengue toll in West Bengal has risen to four with the disease striking 789 people, according to the state health department Wednesday.

A 47-year-old woman, who died at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital Sep 1, has been diagnosed as a dengue victim after her reports confirmed that she had the disease.

In worst affected Kolkata, 497 patients are down with dengue, while the figure in the adjacent North 24 Parganas district is 135.

The disease has hit 16 of the 19 districts in the state, the department said.

However, unofficial sources put the death toll at 23.

With a large number of people afflicted with the disease, there was a scarcity of beds in both government and private hospitals in the city.

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