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Chikungunya outbreak: Death toll in Indian capital rises to 13

Delhi is showing the spurt in chikungunya after nearly 10 years and health experts are conjecturing that this "upsurge" could be due to "evolution" in the chikungunya viral strain. Photograph: (Getty)

WION New Delhi, India Sep 16, 2016, 05.54 AM (IST)
Death toll from Chikungunya and dengue in the Indian capital, Delhi, has risen to 30 while the number of affected people crossed 2,800, media reports said on Thursday. 

A 75-year-old man from south Delhi succumbed to chikungunya complications at a city hospital, taking the number of fatalities due to the disease to 12.

"He had acute febrile illness and was tested positive for chikungunya by rapid PCR test, and died at 6:45 am of chikungunya sepsis with septic shock and cardio-pulmonary arrest," hospital authorities said.

According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases, the number of chikungunya cases in Delhi had spiked to 1,724 till September 11 as and clinics in the city continue to be swamped with patients.

Delhi is showing spurt in chikungunya after nearly 10 years and health experts are conjecturing that this "upsurge" could be due to "evolution" in the chikungunya viral strain.

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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