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Saturday, July 24, 2010

India : 7-year-old dies of dengue after returning from Bihar

Via Times of India :

" The city reported its first dengue death on Friday with a seven-year-old child from Bihar succumbing to the disease at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Shaqir, the victim, was a resident of Okhla. Municipal health officer N K Yadav claimed that he contracted dengue from outside the city while on a holiday in his hometown, Bihar. Yadav said instances of mosquitoes breeding across the city have increased after the recent rain. Mosquitoes are breeding in major construction sites, including the Games village, Indira Gandhi stadium, R K Khanna Tennis stadium, GB Pant Hospital and the MTNL exchange in Hauz Khas. Twenty-six cases of dengue have been reported in the city till date.

"The child died on Thursday. He had contracted the disease in Bihar where he had gone to spend his holiday with the family. This is the first death due to dengue," Yadav said.

According to official data, 11 dengue cases have been reported from MCD areas, six from New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas and another six from outside the state. "The addresses of the remaining three are yet to be ascertained," said an MCD official."

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