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Dengue toll rises to 92
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
The nationwide dengue toll has doubled during the past six days from 46 to 92. There seems to be no end to the worries of public health experts as 484 fresh dengue cases have been reported from various parts of the country in the past 24 hours.

The rise in the number of cases of dengue from 4,253 yesterday to 4,737 today is significant in comparison to the daily increase in cases. In Delhi and adjoining areas, 92 fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of cases from 1,186 to 1,278.

Other states that have reported an increase in dengue cases since yesterday are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karanataka, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

There has been a significant increase in number of dengue cases in Punjab 201 to 250, in Rajasthan from 328 to 456, in Uttar Pradesh from 282 to 349, and in West Bengal from 314 to 405. Gujarat, Karanataka and Tamil Nadu have also reported an increase in dengue cases.

In the past six days, the increase in dengue cases has ranged from 190 to 236. On Sunday, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) had reported 3,407 cases of dengue. The uncontrolled breeding of the Aedes Egypti mosquito has led to 1,330 fresh cases of dengue across the country in less than a week.

During the past 24 hours, three dengue deaths have been reported in Karanataka, two each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, two in Delhi and one in Andhra Pradesh.

Although the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences has reported two deaths during the past 24 hours, the NVBDCP has reported a reduction in vector density in Delhi.

Fortyfour fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the past 24 hours at AIIMS. During the same period, 42 dengue patients have been discharged. During the past 24 hours, 850 patients have been screened for dengue in the OPD of the institute.

Dr D.K. Sharma, Medical Superintendent of RP Centre, said at present 160 dengue patients were being treated at AIIMS. Of these, seven were admitted to the Intensive Care Units. Another 200 patients were under observation for suspected dengue.



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