New Delhi: Chikungunya is taking its toll in Delhi, with at least five deaths due to the vector-borne disease reported in the last two days, including one on Tuesday in the national capital where its number of cases have climbed to over 1,000 this season.
75-year-old Prakash Kalra of Mathura died of the disease this evening at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where three other elderly men succumbed to it on Tuesday. "He was brought to our hospital in a very aggressive stage
of disease, having suffered kidney failure. He was admitted on Monday in the ICU and his chikungunya RT-PCR test had come positive," hospital authorities said.
Death of a 22-year-old girl from chikungunya at the Hindu Rao Hospital was also reported Tuesday . She had died on September 1, officials said. Two of the three deaths that took place on Monday at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, were reported on Tuesday as well.
65-year-old Ramendra Pandey had died of chikungunya at the same hospital, on Monday, in what could be the first such death in the national capital. Dr B S Rana, Chairman, Board of Management of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said in all the four deaths which have taken place, the victims were elderly. "Uday Shanker (61) of Dwarka was admitted on 11 September and he died on 12 September. His RT-PCR test for chikungunya had come positive. He had come to our OPD and then admitted.
"Ashok Chauhan, 62, from Aligarh also died of chikungunya on Monday. He too was admitted in ICU on 11 September and his RT-PCR test came positive," hospital authorities said. Doctors say that chikungunya is not a life-threatening disease in general, but in rare cases leads to complications that prove fatal, especially in children and old persons.
Incidentally, Isha of Kabir Nagar area, died at Hindu Rao Hospital, one of the biggest municipal hospitals in Delhi, due to "complications triggered by chikungunya". "She was admitted on August 26 at the hospital. Her
chikungunya test had come positive. She died due to cardiac arrest triggered by complications from chikungunya," a senior doctor at the Hindu Rao Hospital said. Pandey, who was referred to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from a Ghaziabad hospital, had succumbed to the disease at the hospital at 4 AM after suffering chikungunya with sepsis.
Incidentally, one suspected chikungunya death has also been reported at the AIIMS, but hospital authorities are yet to confirm it. According to reports, the "chikungunya death" at the AIIMS took place sometime in September.
Chikungunya cases in the national capital have sharply risen to over 1,000 this season, marking a jump of nearly 90 percent from its count last week. According to a municipal report released on Monday, at least 1,057 cases of this vector-borne disease have been recorded till September 10, however, hospitals in the city altogether are reporting much higher number.
Lalit Dar of Department of Microbiology at AIIMS said, "At our laboratories, 1,360 chikungunya blood test samples have tested positive till 11 September."