Health officials in New Delhi revealed that more than 900 cases of dengue fever have been registered in hospitals of the capital city, with the disease having claimed the lives of two people so far.
"There are 912 confirmed dengue patients undergoing treatment in city hospitals," said Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) medical health officer N.K. Yadav.
According to him, two people have succumbed to the vector-borne virus while three deaths due to the disease are suspected.
There has been continuous rise in dengue cases in Delhi. In the corresponding period of 2012, 55 patients were diagnosed with the disease.
Meanwhile, papaya leaves, said to increase dipping platelet counts, are much sought after and fast disappearing from the capital's localities.
Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain besides a skin rash similar to measles.
The disease develops into life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or dengue shock syndrome, characterised by dangerously low blood pressure.