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Friday, June 17, 2011

India : Dengue claims 1st victim in city

Via Times of India, excerpt :

" MUMBAI: In what is being labelled as the first dengue death of the season, a 46-year-old Navi Mumbai resident died of complications arising out of the mosquito-borne disease at Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday.

Jayashree Jagdish Gadi was transferred from BARC Hospital in Anushakti Nagar to Jaslok Hospital in the wee hours of Wednesday. "She was in hospital for less than 24 hours before she died,'' said a doctor at Jaslok Hospital. The patient had been to three hospitals before being brought to Jaslok in a serious condition. "She not only had low platelet count but her liver and kidney functions were also poor. As it was dengue haemorrhagic fever, she has had clots in her brain,'' said a doctor. Blood test reports indicated that she had dengue and the hospital has accordingly notified the death to the local civic ward.

BMC epidemiology cell chief Dr Daksha Shah, however, said she had not yet received a notification about the death. "We had taken adequate anti-larval measures and other cleanliness drives to ensure that mosquitoes, especially the Aedes egypti breed that spreads dengue, don't proliferate," she added."

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