Death toll due to dengue reaches 17 in Bengal

Kolkata: With two more deaths, the dengue toll in West Bengal, since January, went up to 17 on Monday, a senior health department official said.

One of the victims was from Dum Dum and the other from North 24 Parganas’ Bangaon. Both were women and died on Sunday, said state director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy.

“The death count has now become 17. Most of the victims were from North 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts,” he said.

Satpathy said, 77 fresh cases of dengue were reported in the last 24 hours.

“The number of dengue cases in the state since January now stands at 2,870,” he said.