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Kejriwal urged to take action for Odisha boy’s death

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Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to take action against the hospitals that allegedly did not admit a boy. Though suspected to be suffering from dengue yet the delay in treatment and access to medication resulted in the child’s tragic death, a release said.

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His parents, Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four-storey building in Delhi on September 9, a day after their only son Avinash died due to hospital negligence.

In a telephonic call to Kejriwal, Patnaik expressed grave concern over the sad demise of the child allegedly after private hospitals in the national capital declined to admit him and it eventually led to the suicide of his parents, the release added.

 

Patnaik also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the bereaved family of the couple and their child, who lived in Jaguleipada village in Kendrapara district.

He also ordered the Kendrapada district collector to include the family’s relations under various social welfare schemes of the government.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered a probe into the three deaths. The union health ministry also ordered an inquiry into the case.

(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)