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Dengue Kills Noida Couple Within Days

Mohan Singh Bisht, an employee at a watch company in Noida, died of dengue fever at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Tuesday evening.  His wife Madhu had passed away on Sunday due to dengue at
PTI September 15, 2010 13:36 IST
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Mohan Singh Bisht, an employee at a watch company in Noida, died of dengue fever at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Tuesday evening.  

His wife Madhu had passed away on Sunday due to dengue at a local hospital in Noida, reports Mail Today.  

The couple is survived by their 23- year- old son Goldie, who works with an export company, and a daughter. Goldee too is suspected to have got infected by dengue.

“Goldie is not speaking to anyone. He is unwell and doctors suspect dengue,” Manmohan Joshi, a neighbour, said.  

The family is reeling under the shock with Madhu and Mohan's sudden death. Joshi said the two had not been keeping well for some days. They got themselves tested for the disease and the results came positive. “ Goldie and his sister are emotional wrecks after the death of their parents,” he added.

The deceased were residents of Noida's Sector 71, where the public alleges that more than 12 people have fallen victim to dengue.  

“There are no drains in our sector and no fogging has been undertaken. We have written to the chief medical officer of the district but nothing has helped. Other diseases are also spreading in our locality,” Munna Sharma, president of the sector's residents' welfare society, said.  

The district health department, however, insists it has found only four confirmed cases of the disease so far.  

In Delhi, the dengue menace continues unabated. The number of cases reached 1,933 on Tuesday with 76 more patients testing positive. In the last 10 days, the city has recorded nearly 700 cases.  

Five deaths have already been reported. Civic agencies blame the incessant rains and stagnant water at Games construction sites for the rapid increase in dengue cases this season.  

During the same period last year, the number of cases of the vector- borne disease in Delhi was just 13, while it was 241 and 52 in the corresponding periods in 2008 and 2007.

South Delhi is the worst affected this time with 232 cases, followed by the  MCD central zone ( 263) and Civil Lines ( 262).

Delhi government has said it will intensify the drive against dengue. “ We are working with the MCD, Delhi Cantonment Board, DC ( east) and the National Disaster Response Force. Hundred teams — with four persons in each — will be formed to clean up water bodies around the Games Village,” Delhi health minister Kiran Walia said.