City reports year's first dengue death

Bengaluru reported its first suspected dengue death this year on Monday. Thirteen-year-old Niveditha, a resident of Bommasandra in Anekal, died at St John’s Hospital in the City after her condition worsened due to the flu.

The victim was a Class 8 student at Vishwa Bharathi School in Bommasandra. She was suffering from high fever for the past few days, according to her relatives. 

They said several other cases of dengue had been reported in Janata Colony where Niveditha resided.

According to sources, residents of Byagadadenahalli in Anekal taluk also staged a protest in front of the gram panchayat office demanding that health officials take appropriate measures.

As many as 829 cases of dengue have been reported across the State, with 257 cases within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits (BBMP), and 44 positive cases in Bengaluru Urban. 

Ballari reported 88 cases and Chitradurga 36, besides one death due to the flu.

Officials unaware

When this newspaper called up the BBMP health department for an official confirmation of Niveditha’s death, the officials were caught unawares. 
However, they said they were “unsure whether or not the case comes under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike purview as the girl is from Anekal”. 

“We are awaiting confirmation from the State Health department in this regard,” said Dr Vatsala, chief medical officer, BBMP.

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