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Delhi witnesses first death due to Dengue after 12 year-old boy loses life
The first death due to dengue this year took place in the national capital Delhi on August 1.

The victim has been identified as 12-year-old Nitish Kumar. A resident of the state of Bihar, Kumar was staying in Safdarjung (south Delhi). As a result of dengue, Kumar suffered from multiple organ failure caused by dengue shock syndrome.

Kumar was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 30th of July in a critical condition on August 1, but could not survive. However, it was confirmed only this week that the reason behind his death was dengue.

In case of a dengue shock syndrome, the blood pressure of the patient drops and the body fluids travel to other parts of the organ which may result in organ failure.

So far, Delhi has reported 657 cases of dengue this year with more than a hundred and fifty having been reported in the first 20 days of August itself. Out of the total 657 cases of dengue that have been reported, 325 are residents of Delhi while the rest of them are from outside Delhi but are seeking treatment in Delhi hospitals.

With monsoon in the city, Delhi has witnessed a steep rise in vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chickungunya. Experts have warned that mosquitoes carrying these diseases tend to spread mostly in the months of September & October.

The worst year in terms of dengue deaths was 2015 with 15867 cases of dengue being reported out of which 60 were left dead.

Dengue, malaria, swine-flu are epidemics the that have been attacking Delhi every year now and experts have claimed that the major reason behind such diseases spreading is the lack of cleanliness in the city.

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