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Diseases leave at least 93 dead in India, officials say

Diseases leave at least 93 dead in India, officials say

Dengue fever has killed five more people in India, an official said yesterday, as the disease spread to new areas and the death toll from mosquito-borne diseases over the past six weeks rose to 93.
An outbreak of such diseases in northern and southern India has left already overburdened hospitals and clinics swamped with patients.
Relatives of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may be among those hit, with two of his grandsons and a son-in-law hospitalized in New Delhi with high fever, a dengue symptom, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Doctors said the three were being tested for the mosquito-borne viral illness, PTI reported.
Sanjaya Baru, the prime minister's media adviser, declined to comment on the report.
O.P. Pathak, the director of communicable diseases in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, said four more people there have died of dengue in the past two days.
Another died from the illness at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences yesterday, according to CNN-IBN news channel, raising the death toll in the Indian capital to 15.
A spokesman for the institute was not immediately available for comment.
Of 63 people confirmed to be suffering from dengue in Uttar Pradesh, five have been hospitalized in the city of Varanasi. They include an American tourist who reached the city Wednesday after visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, said S.K. Singh, a doctor.
Singh declined to identify the American.
The state government placed newspaper advertisements advising people not to try to treating illnesses on their own.
"The problem is aggravated when patients do not get treated in time," said A.K. Misra, principal secretary in the state health department.
Dengue has also hit the northern state of Punjab, with 64 confirmed cases, Press Trust of India quoted state Health Minister Surinder Singla as saying. No deaths have been reported in the state so far, it said.
In the southern state of Kerala, 71 people have died in the past month from another mosquito-borne disease, a rare viral fever known as chikungunya, said the state's health minister, P. K. Sreemathi.
In Kerala's hardest-hit district, Alappuzha, about 40,000 people were showing symptoms of the disease, such as high fevers and severe joint pain, and thousands had been hospitalized, said the area's chief medical officer, K. Velayudhan.
The outbreaks come as the annual monsoon season tapers off, leaving puddles of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, along with open sewers still found in many areas.
While dengue outbreaks routinely follow the monsoon in parts of northern India, this year's has been particularly widespread, with more than 400 cases compared to 217 last year.
India's annual outbreak normally dies off with the end of the mosquito breeding period in November.


Updated : 2021-06-16 21:38 GMT+08:00