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Dengue death toll rises in Capital with 8 more deaths

With the death of at least eight persons in the last four days, the vector-borne disease has claimed over 40 lives in the Capital. The positive cases of dengue, too, have broken all past records by crossing the 6,400 mark this season. 

The official data of the three MCDs, however, claimed a total of 25 deaths so far. 
The latest victims include five females, including a seven-month-old girl, and three males.

“The male victims <g data-gr-id="27">are of</g> 64, 21 and 60 years of age, while the female victims are seven-month-old, a seven-year-old girl, and women of age 32, 40 and 70,” said a statement from the Municipal authorities.

Till now, the national Capital and its adjoining areas have recorded a total of 6,468 dengue cases. Following a spurt in the number of cases in the national Capital, health stakeholders, including top officials of the Delhi Health department, researchers and laboratories, on Wednesday met to discuss new initiatives to control the menace.

During the meeting, the stakeholders were reported to have discussed specific areas of the city from where the maximum number of dengue cases have been reported. 

However, specific details were not made public. The meeting, held at the Delhi secretariat, was headed by the Health secretary. 

Nearly 2,200 fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the past one week. 
Officials said the number of affected people this year is set to overtake the total figure for <g data-gr-id="29">2010,</g> when 6,259 cases were reported.

Meanwhile, the AIIMS has initiated disciplinary action against five doctors after an internal probe panel held them guilty of lapses in <g data-gr-id="32">treatment</g> of a 20-year-old dengue patient, who died at the hospital around a month back. 

However, AIIMS got noticed for breeding grounds being found in its premise, along with Sanskriti School by the New Delhi Municipal Council. 
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