A 10-year-old Salt Lake girl died of dengue haemorrhagic shock on Sunday amid warnings from public health experts that lax preventive action even after a “dengue epidemic” in Serampore, barely 25km away, portend a spurt in infections within Calcutta.
Disha Das was a resident of Trinathpally near Sukanta Nagar, one of the so-called added areas of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. She had been admitted to the BC Roy Institute of Paediatric Sciences with fever last Wednesday.
Disha is the sixth dengue casualty in and around Calcutta since July. Since thousands of people from Serampore visit Calcutta daily, the possibility of the vector-borne disease spreading is now even higher, an official said.
The only solution is preventing the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito from breeding rapidly, something that the municipal authorities have failed to do.
Metro travelled along the Bypass and within Salt Lake on Sunday, looking for pockets of stagnant water that are perfect for mosquitoes to breed. The scan revealed how civic inefficiency has left citizens vulnerable to a dengue outbreak that threatens to get worse.