One dies of dengue in Delhi, 59 new cases reported

August 26th, 2010 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) An 11-year-old girl died of dengue in the national capital as 59 more new cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported, an official said Thursday.
“The girl was admitted in Safdarjung hospital and was a resident of Delhi,” N.K. Yadav, chief medical officer of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), told IANS. This takes to two the number of confirmed deaths due to dengue. Three deaths due to suspected dengue have also been reported in the capital.

The capital also reported 59 new cases of dengue, taking the total number of infected people to 609, Yadav added.

The Delhi government has launched a 12-hour special helpline — 22307145 — which will be operational 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

In addition, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Shahdara and Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital are operating 24 hours to treat the patients.

Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito. High fever for 4-5 days is usually accompanied by severe headache, pain in the eyes, muscles and joints, and rashes.

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