Dengue kills 10-year-old in Duttabad

A 10-year-old boy from Duttabad who had tested positive for dengue and been suffering from fever for a week died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday morning.

By Snehal sengupta
  • Published 7.09.18
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Akash Chowdhury; (below) garbage dumped next to a pond in Duttabad, close to where the boy’s family lives. Pictures by Mayukh Sengupta

Salt Lake: A 10-year-old boy from Duttabad who had tested positive for dengue and been suffering from fever for a week died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday morning.

The child's mother and one-and-a-half-year-old sister are down with dengue, too.

This is the second time the mosquito-borne disease has claimed a life in Duttabad, off Salt Lake, in a week.

Akash Chowdhury, a student of Class III at Bagmari-Maniktala Government Sponsored Higher Secondary School, had been suffering from fever since Sunday. He was admitted to Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital, where his NS1 antigen test for dengue turned out to be positive, on Monday. The next day he was shifted to NRS Medical College and Hospital.

An NRS official said the boy had been brought in with a weak pulse and low blood pressure. His platelet count was 70,000.

"He had initially responded to treatment and his platelet count rose to 80,000 on Wednesday. But then he started bleeding from his nose and other parts of the body. He died around noon on Thursday," the officer said.

The normal platelet count is 150,000 to 450,000 per microlitre of blood.

Akash's sister Megha and mother Pooja both have tested positive in the NS1 antigen test. The little girl is being treated at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals and the woman at AMRI Hospitals in Salt Lake.

Akash's father Ranjit, who earns a living driving an autorickshaw, passed out when the child's body was brought home. He was admitted to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.

Another 10-year-old resident of Duttabad, Narayan Shrestha, had died a week ago, after testing positive for dengue. Residents said several people in Duttabad and adjoining Labony had been suffering from fever.

Residents blocked Duttabad Main Road that connects EM Bypass with Salt Lake for close to an hour.

The blockade was lifted after Bidhannagar MLA Sujit Bose reached the area and promised action.

"I have asked the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation to see to it that vector-control teams visit the locality regularly," Bose said.

Plastic cups, empty coconut shells and styrofoam plates were found in piles of garbage lying along the roads in Duttabad.

The dengue-causing Aedes ageypti mosquito can breed even in a spoonful of water.