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dengueBy Newsgram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Lakshman Chandra Raut (35) and Babita Raut (30) committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of a building when their seven-year-old son Avinash Raut died of dengue, said Delhi Police on Saturday.

Police said the couple hailing from Odisha jumped from their rented accommodation in the Lado Sarai area of south Delhi on Wednesday around 12.15 am. The parents have left a suicide note in Odia explaining that they were responsible for their own actions.

A suicide note was also recovered from the possession of the couple in which it was mentioned that they were in extreme shock over the death of their son. The note was written in Odia. The couple also mentioned that nobody is responsible for their act and that they were responsible for their decision,” the officer said.

After being diagnosed with the symptoms of dengue, Avinash was denied admission in five private hospitals, police said. He was finally admitted on September 4 but died during treatment on September 8, unable to make up for the lost time.

The Delhi government has issued a show-cause notice to these hospitals.

Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital, Aakash Hospital, Saket City Hospital, Max Hospital (Saket) and Irene Hospital (Kalkaji) have been asked to reply in a month as to why their registration should not be cancelled for refusing emergency medical care to the deceased child,” said a Delhi government official.

While Health Minister Satyendra Jain promised stringent steps to be taken in the case, the Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda went a step further: “I have ordered an inquiry into the incident reported in the media involving the death of a child in Delhi due to dengue and the suicide by his parents. Guilty won’t be spared.”

The Central government is  also probing into the matter.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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1bn People Could be Exposed to Dengue, Zika by 2080

Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease across the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

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

Global warming could expose as many as a billion people to mosquito-borne diseases including dengue and Zika by 2080, says a new study that examined temperature changes on a monthly basis worldwide.

The study found that with the rise in temperature, dengue is expected to have a year-round transmission in the tropics and seasonal risks almost everywhere else. A greater intensity of infections is also predicted.

To understand, researchers from Georgetown University in the US looked at temperatures month by month to project the risks through 2050 and 2080.

While almost all of the world’s population could be exposed at some point in the next 50 years, places like Europe, North America, and high elevations in the tropics that used to be too cold for the viruses will face new diseases like dengue.

On the other hand, in areas with the worst climate increase, including west Africa and southeast Asia, serious reductions are expected for the Aedes albopictus mosquito, most noticeably in southeast Asia and west Africa, revealed the study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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A Manila Health officer shows off a pair of vials of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia after being recalled from local government health centers Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in “a much safer way,” meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease. VOA

Both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes can carry dengue, chikunguyna and Zika viruses, as well as at least a dozen other emerging diseases.

“Climate change is the largest and most comprehensive threat to global health security,” said Colin J. Carlson, postdoctoral candidate in Georgetown University in the US.

“The risk of disease transmission is a serious problem, even over the next few decades,” Carlson added.

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Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease across the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The 2018 data from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and National Health Profile showed that cases of dengue increased 300 per cent — from less than 60,000 cases in 2009, it increased to 188,401 in 2017. (IANS)