Man suspected of dengue death

Last Updated 14 October 2016, 03:56 IST

A man is suspected to have died of dengue-related complications at his home two days after his discharge from a Delhi-government hospital.

 Ashok Kumar, a resident of Rohini was admitted to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital on October 4 and discharged on October 10, said medical superintendent Dr Punita Mahajan. Sharma died at his home on Wednesday night.

The hospital authorities said on Thursday that he was admitted with dengue, but could not confirm his exact condition. His death came as a shock to his family and also to the neighbours.

But they were unable to tell the exact cause of death. If the cause is confirmed, Sharma’s death takes the dengue death toll to 18 in the national capital.

Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar has admitted 51 dengue patients and 176 chikungunya patients since August, said medical superintendent Dr Punita Mahajan.

The Centre's Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme has collated 2,926 dengue cases in the capital this season till September 13.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has launched a special fogging drive since September 22 to check the breeding of mosquitoes. The drive will continue till October-end.

Last year, the city saw the highest number of dengue cases in 20 years with 15,867 such cases being reported in 2015. As many as 60 people died due to the vector-borne disease last year.

The menace of dengue started as early as March this year when two cases of the vector-borne disease were reported.

(Published 14 October 2016, 03:56 IST)

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