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Okhlaiites, chikungunya death reported in neighbourhood

Okhla – battling dengue with several residents reportedly dying from the disease – has a bad news as a 75-year-old man in its neighbourhood succumbed to chikungunya complications at a city hospital, according to reports.

J D Madan died this morning at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH). Before him eleven people have died due to the vector-borne disease in the city.

Hospital authorities said: “The patient, a resident of Kalkaji, was admitted on August 12 night with complaints of fever and chills along with swelling and rashes on body. He was also a patient of chronic myeloid monocytic leukemia. 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.”

Several people in Okhla are down with chikungunya. In Delhi, the number of cases of chikungunya has reached to over 1,700 this season. The situation is such that fever clinics have been swamped with rush of patients.

The recent death has sparked a debate whether chikungunya is fatal.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said unlike dengue, chikungunya in itself cannot cause death. “A debate has started on this but I am not competent to decide. Only doctors and scientists will be able to take a call on why they died. Nadda ji told me no one died of chikungunya in the entire country. People die directly of dengue. But medical literature says normally people do not die of chikungunya,” he said as reported by PTI.

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