Dengue claims Mumbai’s 5th victim in 7 days

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 08 November 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The ravaging dengue crisis in the city claimed its fifth victim within a span of just seven days taking the death toll to 12. The latest casualty is a four-month-old child who died at Parel's KEM Hospital, which has emerged as a hotspot for the looming viral epidemic.

Kurla girl Samiya Shaikh's death was both intriguing and sudden, said KEM doctors. The toddler was rushed to the hospital with myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle), fever and breathing difficulty but none of the classical dengue symptoms. Her platelet or white blood cell count remained normal, giving away little that dengue could be at the root of her condition. Doctors still carried out the dengue rapid test which came positive.

Her breathing difficulty was attributed to a congenital heart condition. "It looked like a cardiac condition at the beginning but then she tested positive for dengue," said Dr Shubhangi Parkar, dean, KEM Hospital. The child was brought to the hospital's cardio-vascular thoracic surgery department on November 2 and was later shifted to the pediatric intensive care. She passed away early on Thursday. Doctors stated her cause of death as 'cardio-respiratory failure in a clinical case of dengue fever'.

Shaikh is the second child to die of dengue since Thursday when three-year-old Manasvi Devrukhakar from Andheri east also succumbed to the viral infection at the Holy Spirit Hospital. The civic authorities said that they were yet to access the complete medical records pertaining to Shaikh's case and therefore could not attribute her death to the city's dengue toll as yet. Shaikh's death though has brought the city's toll to that of 2013 when Mumbai's dengue menace became a national talking point.

A senior doctor from KEM Hospital said babies too should be adequately protected from mosquito bite as the immunity they get from their mothers may not be enough. "If a mother got dengue very recently, she as well as the baby may have antibodies. That may extend the child some immunity from that particular strain but not the other three strains that cause dengue," the doctor added.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met health authorities on Friday to review dengue prevention and control plans. BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte briefed Fadnavis about the efforts being taken by the city administration. The civic administration has the mammoth task of checking and fogging areas involving 10.50 lakh houses.

Fadnavis said awareness should be created by roping in celebrities and social media, besides radio and TV. A senior official who attended the meeting said the awareness campaign would mainly focus on replacing, removing or treating stagnant water with anti-mosquito sprays in and around the residential areas.

So far, 26 people have succumbed to dengue in the state. The disease has infected nearly 5,400 people across the state, including 2,700 people in corporation areas. Hospital,dengue deaths,DENGUE

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