AIIMS reports 9 dengue deaths, toll 18

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday reported nine deaths of patients suffering from dengue since September 1, taking the toll in the national capital from the mosquito-borne disease to 18 so far.

“AIIMS has reported the death of nine patients suffering from dengue since September 1. A total of 96 patients suffering from dengue were admitted in the hospital of whom 56 have been discharged till now,” said a statement from the hospital.

The hospital said a total of 96 patients were admitted to AIIMS, of whom 56 have been discharged.

“Among the patients, 70 per cent belonged to Uttar Pradesh, 10 per cent to Bihar and rest to Delhi,” the report said.

Till Wednesday, the national capital had reported nine deaths of people suffering from dengue. While civic bodies maintained that only four patients had died, hospitals reported five deaths of patients suffering from dengue.

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The five deaths, were of a girl from Jafrabad in North East Delhi, who died in July at Delhi Government’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, becoming the first patient to succumb.

The next was of a 12-year-old girl Muskan, who died on July 29, while Deepak (19), from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, died on July 27. Both succumbed at Safdarjung Hospital.

The fourth death was of a 38-year-old Nazish, sister-in-law of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who died of dengue shock syndrome at Apollo Hospital on August 12.

On August 31, a 25-year-old man died of dengue at Apollo Hospital.

The city has also witnessed the 14 chikungunya-related deaths till September 15, with the latest being of a 60-year-old woman at the Shalimar Bagh-based Fortis Hospital.

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With the new figures, the death toll caused by vector borne diseases has reached 27, which also includes that of a 30-year-old man due to malaria.

Municipal Corporation data puts the number of dengue, chikungunya and malaria infections at 1,158, 1,057 and 21 respectively.

According to civic bodies, the highest dengue cases were reported in 2015 with a total of 15,876 people infected by the vector-borne disease with 60 deaths.



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