In a span of just three days, two cases of suspected dengue deaths have been reported in the city.
Two girls aged two and 14 have succumbed to the flu. A two-year-old died of suspected dengue fever on Monday. Pratika,14, a student of Bishop Cotton School, succumbed to the flu on Tuesday. According to sources in the Health department of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Pratika, a resident of N R Colony, failed to respond to treatment.
“She was initially taken to Cloud Nine Hospital from where she was refered to Apollo Hospital, Jayanagar. We are yet to confirm that she died of dengue,” said Komala, senior health officer, BBMP South.
She said officials from the health department visited the girl’s house and looked for any possible cases in the vicinity. “We found that all mosquito control measures were in place. There was no source for the mosquito to breed either,” she added.
The two-year-old girl died at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). She was initially rushed to Vani Vilas Hospital. As there was no ventilator there, she was taken to KIMS, said BBMP officials.
So far, 476 cases have been reported from the city, according to the statistics available with the Health department of the BBMP. Going by the number of cases that have come to light, Palike officials have identified Bengaluru South and Bommanahalli as sensitive areas and intensified mosquito control measures there.
Usually, a large number of fever cases are seen only till July. However, this year it has extended beyond July, according to doctors. Dr K G Suresh, senior physician, K C General Hospital, said they have been seeing a good number of flu cases. “It is mostly viral fever or patients with upper respiratory infections. Last year, we saw cases only till July. This time, we are seeing a plenty in September as well,” he added.