Dengue in Mumbai: Dengue claims its 5th victim in the city

MUMBAI: The ravaging dengue crisis in the city claimed its fifth victim within a span of just seven days taking the death toll to 12. The latest casualty is a four-month-old child who died at Parel's KEM Hospital, which has emerged as a hotspot for the looming viral epidemic. (Read: Innovative ways to keep your home mosquito free)

Kurla girl Samiya Shaikh's death was both intriguing and sudden, said KEM doctors. The toddler was rushed to the hospital with myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle), fever and breathing difficulty but none of the classical dengue symptoms. Her platelet or white blood cell count remained normal, giving away little that dengue could be at the root of her condition. Doctors still carried out the dengue rapid test which came positive. (Read: BMC admits dengue in the city on a rise, with 4000 cases so far)

Her breathing difficulty was attributed to a congenital heart condition. 'It looked like a cardiac condition at the beginning but then she tested positive for dengue,' said Dr Shubhangi Parkar, dean, KEM Hospital. The child was brought to the hospital's cardio-vascular thoracic surgery department on November 2 and was later shifted to the pediatric intensive care. She passed away early on Thursday. Doctors stated her cause of death as 'cardio-respiratory failure in a clinical case of dengue fever'. (Read: 8 tips to prevent dengue)

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