The Telegraph
Wednesday , September 7 , 2016

Dengue claims baby, woman

Dengue claimed two more lives in Calcutta over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the mosquito-borne disease in the state to more than 30 this year.

A six-month-old girl from Gorachand Road in Beniapukur died at CMRI on Tuesday. Family members said Anabia Ahmed was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.

The death certificate mentions dengue shock syndrome - which led to cardio-respiratory arrest - as the cause of the death.

Doctors said newborn babies, children, elderly people and those with chronic diseases are more vulnerable to dengue infection because of low immunity.

The other victim was a 35-year-old woman from Jyotinagar near Kestopur, Shankari Biswas. The woman, whose house was in ward 21 of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, had been suffering from high fever since Thursday and had tested positive for dengue.

She was admitted to Infectious Diseases Hospital in Beleghata and then shifted to NRS Medical College and Hospital, where she died on Monday night.

The mayoral council member in charge of health in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, Pranay Kumar Ray, said: "We have not received any report saying the woman died of dengue."

Ray asserted that vector-control teams of the civic body were regularly fogging and spraying larvaecide in all 41 wards of the civic body.

Residents, however, accused the civic body of inaction. "We rarely see municipal workers spraying larvicide or fogging near our house," said Saikat Maity, a resident of Kestopur.

Nearly 6,000 people in Bengal, mostly in and around Calcutta, have been affected by dengue since January.

There has been a spurt since July, which public health experts said was unusual and have attributed to inadequate rainfall.

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