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First dengue death recorded

Staff Reporter

Health department initiates precautionary measures

NEW DELHI: The Capital has recorded its first dengue causality of the season with the death of 10-year-old Somdip Rai Choudhary at Holy Family Hospital here on Tuesday night.

Diagnosed with dengue shock syndrome, the boy, a resident of Sarita Vihar, was admitted to the hospital on July 8 and died due to multiple organ failure. According to his doctor, Somdip was on a visit to Hyderabad and had high fever since June 20. He returned to Delhi on July 3 and when his condition did not improve, was shifted to Holy Family Hospital.

Doctors claimed that despite their best efforts, the boy could not be saved as his condition. According to the president of the Delhi Medical Association, K.K. Aggarwal, symptoms of a typical dengue case will include abrupt and high fever associated with headache and muscle pain accompanied with or without loss of appetite.

Speaking about the action taken by the State Health Department, the Municipal Health Officer, N.K. Yadav, said: "As a precautionary measure 350 houses in the area will be fogged, though under the rule the government needs to carry out this operation only in 50 nearby houses. Also, as per the rules if dengue is reported in one house it becomes customary for the State Health Department to search for the breeding sites around 100 houses in the area so that the disease can be curtailed."

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