Sep 30, 2006 at 09:32pm IST

AIIMS student dies of dengue

New Delhi: Dengue has made its dangerous way back to Delhi doctors and medical staff amongst those affected at the Capital's most prestigious hospital – All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

At present, there are 22 cases of dengue registered at the AIIMS hospital. Out of these 17 patients are resident doctors, medical students and hospital staff.

And the patient who died on Saturday was a 7th semester medical student of the Institute. Raj Kiran was being treated at the hospital's ICU since Thursday. Hostel residents at AIIMS are worried.

Vipin, whose mother is suffering from dengue, is waiting patiently outside the AIIMS. His mother has been in hospital for the past four days. But doctors say saving her will be difficult.

Vipin says, “The doctors say that when they couldn't save a doctor there is no hope.”

Resident Doctors' Association spokesperson Dr Anil Sharma says, “We have reserved some 25 seats for our own staff even if there is slight complaint of fever.”

Delhi's seen an alarming increase in the number of dengue cases with over 300 cases reported till September 2006. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi issued an advisory on Thursday regarding preventive measures against.

It's also engaged over a 1,000 employees to assist the regular work force of health workers.

Dengue alert

  • Dengue is a viral fever caused by the Aedes mosquito.
  • While malaria is caused by the Anopheles mosquito and there are definite anti-malarials available, no specific anti-virals available for dengue.
  • Dengue can often be confused with influenza, typhoid, meningitis and viral hepatitis.
  • It can be prevented by avoiding mosquito breeding in stagnating water, in broken flower-pots and old tyres. Coolers must be cleaned regularly. Use mosquito nets at night and if you get fever see a doctor immediately.

If diagnosed with dengue:

  • Keep the patient inside a mosquito net and give him/her a liquid diet. For fever or pain do not give Aspirin or Brufen and don't ignore even minor bleeding as it could be a sign of complications such as dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.
  • Indications of complications include bleeding from the gums, nostrils, skin or rectal bleeding. Cold and clammy skin, low blood pressure, weak pulse rate and drop in blood platelets are some of the other signs.
  • In case of complications hospitalisation may be required. As of now no vaccines are available and treatment is largely symptomatic. For headache and body ache Paracetamol is recommended.

(With agency inputs)