A 38 year old woman has died due to dengue, which is the first death case reported this year from a hospital in the capital.Ritu who stays in Timarpur, Chandarnagar died on Thursday following symptoms of dengue. Her platelet count had dropped to five thousand.
Bir Singh, professor of community medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said, "The present climate, which is between 28 to 30 degree Celsius with high humidity, is conducive to breeding of the Aedes mosquito. This particular climate helps them thrive and transmit the disease. But once temperatures start dipping down from November the mosquito dies itself."
The total number of dengue cases was 550 last year with one death reported from Delhi.
The MCD officials blame the rains for the increase in mosquito breeding. The MCD has also begun to educate children and teachers about dengue and its prevention. An insecticide, Temephos, is being distributed free by MCD, which helps in controlling the breeding of Aedes mosquito.