Delhi reported the first dengue death of the season on Friday. A nine-year-old girl from Sangam Vihar in south Delhi died at AIIMS after heavy bleeding and low blood pressure. Eight new dengue cases were reported on Friday, taking the number of cases in the capital so far to 64.
"Tabassum, daughter of Zaved, was admitted to AIIMS on September 24. She died (the same day) due to Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) — the most severe complication caused by the disease," said a senior health official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Of the eight cases reported on Friday, three were from Civil Lines and one each from the central, south and east zone. The NDMC area has also reported one dengue case.
Dengue, malaria and chikungunya cases are likely to go up in the coming days, said Dr Monica Mahajan of Max Hospital, Saket. "Mosquito-borne diseases tend to increase post-rains. September and October are most crucial. People must take extra precaution," she said.
Symptoms of dengue milder this year
Of the 64 dengue cases reported in Delhi so far, more than 30 came up in the past two weeks, a senior health official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said.
The incidence is only expected to go up in the post-rain period but there may be a glimmer of hope.
Dr S P Byotra, head of the medicine department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said this time, the disease symptoms were milder compared to previous years. "Few people coming to us need to be admitted or need transfusion," he said.
In 2010, dengue rose to epidemic proportions in the city, affecting more than 6,000 people and causing eight deaths.