2006 dengue outbreak in India

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In the 2006 dengue outbreak in India, cases of dengue fever were reported first from New Delhi in early September and by the end of September other states also started to report deaths. At least 3613 confirmed cases of dengue fever were reported and over 50 people died in the outbreak.[1]


A mosquito larva
  • New Delhi: By early October more than 590 cases of dengue fever were reported from Delhi and over 367 from neighbouring states who had come to New Delhi for treatment.[1]
  • Rajasthan: By 12 September, more than 35 patients were treated for dengue fever.[2]
  • Chandigarh: 159 cases of dengue fever were reported. These were reported from the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, the government run multi-specialty hospital. However out of 159 only 29 were from Chandigarh and the remaining were from Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh who had come to chandigarh for treatment.[3]
  • Uttar Pradesh: Over 214 suspected cases of the diseases were reported.[1]
  • Andhra Pradesh: One person succumbed to the disease and at least five were treated.[1]
  • West Bengal: Over 30 people were treated for dengue fever in Kolkata.[1]

By 9 October 2006 more than fifty deaths were reported to dengue fever and more than 3613 patients were treated for this disease.[1]

Statistical data[edit]

The Government of India's Health Department released the statistical data related to dengue fever in a press statement on 8 October 2006.[4]

A chart showing the number of dengue cases reported in various states

Nationwide data on the dengue outbreak, released by the Ministry of Health

State Cases reported
New Delhi 886
Kerala 713
Gujarat 424
Rajasthan 326
West Bengal 314
Tamil Nadu 306
Maharashtra 226
Uttar Pradesh 79
Harayana 65
Karnataka 59
Andhra Pradesh 9

On 13 October 2006, six persons died due to dengue fever in Delhi. It was the highest number of deaths reported from Delhi in a day due to this disease.[5]

High profile dengue cases[edit]

  • The magnitude of the issue was highlighted when a practising doctor and a student, Kamallah Raj Kiran studying at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences died due to dengue fever. As of 30 September 2006 at least 12 medicos and 5 employees of AIIMS tested positive with dengue fever.[6]
  • Two grandsons (Rohan and Madhav) and son-in-law (Vijay Tankha) of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were admitted to the private ward of AIIMS for suspected dengue fever.[7]


  • To prevent the outbreak, the Ministry of Health set up a control room at the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme in New Delhi to monitor the situation and to provide technical guidance and logistic support to the affected states and union territories.[8]
  • To prevent the situation from worsening, heath workers in New Delhi sprayed pesticides to eradicate the menace.[9]

See also[edit]

Reference and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f More dengue, chikungunya cases reported, NDTV Web Version, Accessed 9 October 2006
  2. ^ Dengue cases on the rise in Rajasthan, Hindustan Times. Accessed 9 October 2006
  3. ^ Chandigarh reports 159 suspected dengue cases, Daily India, Accessed 9 October 2006
  4. ^ "Nationwide data on outbreak, The Hindu. Accessed: 9 October 2006". Chennai, India. 9 October 2006. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  5. ^ Highest no of dengue deaths in Delhi today, Hindustan Times. Accessed: October 13
  6. ^ AIIMS student dies of dengue in Delhi, Daily News and Analysis. Accessed 9 October 2006
  7. ^ Delhi govt to review dengue situation, The Times of India. Accessed 9 October 2006
  8. ^ "Nationwide data on outbreak, The Hindu". Chennai, India. 9 October 2006. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2006-10-09. 
  9. ^ Indian health workers spray pesticides as dengue fever death toll rises to 55, International Herald Tribune. Accessed 9 October 2006