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New Delhi: Alleging the Delhi government for inefficiency in handling the rising cases of dengue in the national capital, activists from Congress party protested outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday.

The protesters led by Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken blamed the Aam Admi Party led government for inappropriate arrangements to fight dengue which has taken 15 lives in Delhi this year.

The protest also followed comments by senior Congress leaders critical of the Delhi government’s handling of the dengue outbreak in the national capital.

Earlier this week, Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “This is a protest of humanity in pain and distress. Don’t view it from the prism of politics. We demand immidiate action. The rift between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP has weakened the Delhi (power) corridors.”

“This (dengue cases) is an emergency situation. Nearly 2,000 people are affected. Both the Centre and the state government are not up to the mark. To draw attention to the government’s inaction, we are going to demonstrate before the chief minister’s residence,” said Congress leader P.C. Chacko.

He added, “Government hospitals don’t have adequate beds or medicines or even test kits. The arrangements are grossly inadequate.”

More than 1,900 dengue cases have been recorded in the city this year.

With Inputs from IANS

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20 Genes That Can Predict Severity of Dengue Identified

The genes could serve as a basis for a targeted therapy for dengue, Einav said - but that's far on the horizon

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Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have identified 20 genes that can predict an individual’s likelihood of developing a severe form of dengue fever with about 80 per cent accuracy.

The team from Standford University in the US, identified a gene-expression pattern that predicts which people infected with dengue — a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever and joint pain, among other symptoms — are at highest risk for developing a severe form of the illness.

Every year, between 200 million and 400 million people in tropical and subtropical regions of the world contract dengue fever, and about 500,000 of those cases are fatal.

For the most part, people with the disease recover after receiving some fluids and a few days’ rest, said Purvesh Khatri, Associate Professor at the varsity.

“But there’s a smaller subset of patients who get severe dengue, and right now we don’t know how to tell the difference,” Khatri said.

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Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito that typically attacks during day time. Pixabay

Anywhere from 5 to 20 per cent of dengue cases will advance to severe.

Currently, to diagnose severe dengue the doctors wait to observe specific symptoms and results of laboratory tests that typically emerge in the late stages of the disease.

“These practices are not nearly sensitive or accurate enough, and some patients end up admitted to the hospital unnecessarily, while others are discharged prematurely,” said Shirit Einav, Associate Professor.

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The new set of genes, reported in the Cell Reports journal, can help identify predictive biomarkers that can help doctors reliably gauge the likelihood of severe dengue in patients who are newly symptomatic and use that information to provide more accurate care to help guide therapeutic clinical studies and, in the future, to guide treatment decisions.

The genes could serve as a basis for a targeted therapy for dengue, Einav said – but that’s far on the horizon. (IANS)