Delhi-NCR witnessed the death of a 35-year old woman due to organ failure after she was diagnosed with dengue. This marks the season's first victim of the vector borne-disease.
The hospital sources said that the woman was admitted to the private hospital with very low platelet count. Delhi and Ghaziabad have been reporting dengue cases but no death has been recorded till now in both the cities.
Gurgaon health department officials including the district malaria officer and the civil surgeon, however, denied having received any confirmed reports. "We have told all private hospitals to report such incidents immediately. However, we have not received any such report yet," said Dr Pushpa Bishnoi, civil surgeon, Gurgaon.
Twelve confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in Gurgaon but none needed hospitalization. More than 10 cases have been reported in the past two weeks which is during the dengue prevention month observed by the health department.
According to doctors, the trend has got them worrying that there maybe more number of dengue cases this year as most cases were reported during the monsoon starting in late July while the first case was reported earlier than usual this year.
"The Flavi-virus that is responsible for causing dengue completes a cycle of three years this time. Every three years when a cycle is completed, number of cases go up. This is why higher number of cases was recorded in 2009 and again in 2012", explained Dr VK Thapar, district malaria officer, Gurgaon.
Every year, hundreds of cases are reported in Gurgaon. Some hospitals are holding discussions with residents as to the preventive measures which can be taken by them to protect themselves from the disease while other hospitals are holding advisories.
"Normally, the monsoon season brings with it several kinds of viral infections and fevers. Most of them are largely harmless and abate after a week or so. However, the fever could be due to dengue. It is important to be on guard against it and not let mosquitoes breed in your surroundings," said Dr Rajesh Kumar, consultant (internal medicine), Paras Hospital, Gurgaon.
To prevent dengue, doctors recommend using mosquito repellent, maintaining personal hygiene, keeping the surroundings clean, wearing full-sleeve clothes and not allowing water or garbage to accumulate to prevent dengue.