First dengue death of 2011 reported in Delhi

July 23rd, 2011 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A man has died of dengue in Delhi - the first fatality due to the disease in 2011, officials said Saturday.

According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), a total of six cases have been reported in the capital so far this season since the first was detected at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) March 3.

“One dengue death has been reported from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Saturday,” MCD health officer N.K. Yadav told IANS.

According MCD health committee chairman V.K. Monga, the man passed away at the Ganga Ram hospital July 9 but the MCD received the notification only on Saturday.

The drive to check air coolers and other sources of mosquito breeding has, meanwhile, been expedited across the city.

“The checking is on all over the city. Coolers are being checked, as well as other possible sources of mosquito breeding,” an MCD official said.

A total of 6,229 dengue cases were reported from Delhi last year while eight deaths were occurred.

The high number of cases last year were attributed to the heavy rainfall and water logging, while the eight deaths were reported in December after onset of winter, which is not the season for dengue.

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