Delhi woman dies of dengue, toll rises to 14

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) A 41-year-old woman died of dengue in the national capital Monday morning, taking the total number of dengue deaths in the city hospitals to at least 14. But officially the toll remained five.

Monika Bahl, a 41-year-old from Lajpat Nagar area, died at Moolchand Hospital of dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.

Doctors said she was brought to the hospital following fever and vomiting.

“She was shifted to the ICU three days after admission when she developed respiratory problems. She tested positive for dengue antibody test, which means she had contracted the disease earlier and this time again,” said Srikant Sharma, senior consultant for internal medicine at Moolchand Hospital.

Delhi’s civic bodies have so far confirmed only five dengue deaths in the capital. However, deaths caused by dengue have gone up to at least 14 as tracked by IANS. Civic bodies tote up the figures officially only on a weekly basis, and release or confirm the deaths only every Monday.

Data released by the three civic corporations — North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North DMC), South DMC and East DMC — on Monday said that till September 12, the number of deaths due to dengue in the city was five and the number of dengue cases was 1,872.

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