In what could be the first fatality, a 65-year-old man died of chikungunya, the vector-borne disease, at a hospital in Delhi, on Monday.
The victim, R Pandey succumbed to the disease, which is the first reported casualty of the disease, at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
According to media reports, the patient was brought to the hospital from a hospital in Ghaziabad on Saturday and admitted to ICU.
“The patient died in ICU. His test for chikungunya done by RT-PCR method at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital came positive with high viral count,” hospital authorities said.
More than 1,000 cases of the disease has been reported over the last week in Delhi and NCR, affecting attendance in educational institutes and offices.
Government officials said they prepared a list of sensitive areas in Delhi where high level of breeding was found last year.
The list included many government hospitals like Babu Jagjivan Ram hospital, AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and National Chest Institute.