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Top Story: New Delhi Hit With Biggest Dengue Fever Outbreak in Years

Officials in New Delhi, India’s most populated city, say it is experiencing
“the worst outbreak [of dengue fever] in the last five years.” According to the
BBC, the city has seen over 1,800 cases, including five
deaths.

Delhi’s Director of the Municipal Corporation, YK Mann, told AFP that the
number of cases will likely grow if the weather remains humid.

The fever is transmitted through infected mosquitoes, which lay
eggs in standing pools of water, open sewers and puddles, leading to spikes in
infections during the rainy season.

The life-threatening disease is known to cause high fever and precipitate a dramatic fall in
white blood cells, making patients susceptible to a variety of other potentially
fatal infections. Formerly called breakbone fever, it also causes intense muscle
and joint pain, among other symptoms.

Delhi’s government is now calling for the addition of 1,000 beds to public
hospitals after the highly publicized suicide of a couple whose seven-year-old died from the fever
after he was denied treatment.

“There is no need to panic. I have ordered all government hospitals that they
should not refuse to admit dengue patients even if they have to treat two
patients on a single bed,” Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain told the BBC.

Infections have risen dramatically in recent years, according to the World
Health Organization, with over 40 percent of the world’s population now living in areas prone
to the disease.
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