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Dengue: Toll reaches 16 as two more girls die; over 2,000 tested positive

 Delhi: Two girls, aged three and nine, have become the latest victims of dengue in the city, taking the death toll to 16 today in what is being billed as the worst outbreak of the vector-borne disease in the national capital in the past five years.

Three-year-old Neha Mathur, a resident of Sangam Vihar area in south Delhi, died of dengue at Saket City Hospital yesterday, doctors said. The nine-year-old girl, a resident of Okhla died on September 15 at RML hospital, doctors said.

According to Neha’s father Vinod Mathur, she had fever for quite some time and on September 11, he got her tested but the results were normal.

“The test results were normal. But as fever did not subside, on September 15 we took her to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Hospital. Doctors there did not carry out any tests, just gave her drip and discharged. Around 3 AM yesterday, she developed high fever and we rushed her to Majeedia Hospital in Hamdard Nagar where again the doctors gave her injection and stabilised her. They did not admit her or did not carry out any tests,” said her father.

“We brought her home, but her condition deteriorated and we took her to Saket City hospital around 11 AM where she died. She tested positive for dengue at the hospital,” said Mathur.

“The patient had come with internal bleeding and died of dengue shock syndrome,” said Dr Shashishekhar Singh, senior consultant at the hospital’s Paediatrics department.

According to municipal corporation officials, over 2,000 people have tested positive for the vector-borne disease. The death toll as per the official data still stands at 5.