Indian epidemic signals worsening viral disease patterns

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1034

An epidemic of dengue haemorrhagic fever has claimed at least 227 lives in the Indian capital, New Delhi, and exposed the inadequacy of virus surveillance and research programmes in the country.

Government hospitals have reported that more than 4700 people have been admitted with symptoms of dengue viral fever over the past month, and last week neighbouring states also began to report cases.

Public health specialists have attributed the outbreak to a spurt in the population of the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti, after good summer rains. It comes …

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