Doctors suspect another dengue death in city

A 15-year-old girl who passed away in Sion hospital on August 20 may be the second case of dengue death in Mumbai and the third in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. A total of 95 cases of dengue have been recorded in the city since the onset of monsoons this year, with 16 cases recorded last week alone.

Rubina Suleman was admitted on August 18 in the hospital after she complained of fever, vomiting and loose motions. "She died two days later at around 5 am," said a doctor from the hospital.

So far, the deceased's samples have tested negative for malaria and leptospirosis, and doctors suspect only one possible option - dengue. "Since she passed away in two days, we could not test her for dengue. Now her samples have been sent to Kasturba hospital's laboratory," the doctor said.

According to the doctor, a patient is tested for dengue and malaria in case he/she has fever for more than five days. Since Suleman's death occurred within two days of admission, no test could be performed.

Dr Mangala Gomare, deputy executive health officer, stated that the reports are expected in a day or two, following which the cause of death will be assessed.

Last month a 42-year-old Mira road resident, Vishwanath Sahu, and a 14-year-old boy from Worli's Koliwada area died in the Mumbai hospital.

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