A 65-year-old man admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital, succumbed to chikungunya on Monday, authorities said, adding that the test for the vector borne disease through RTPCR test for him came positive with an extremely high viral count.R. Pandey, a resident of Ghaziabad, was shifted to Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi from Yashodra Hospital in Ghaziabad in a deteriorating health condition on September 10. “The patient was under the monitoring of Pooja Khosla, senior consultant at the medicine department. Though we tried treating him, he succumbed to the complications due to chikungunya on Monday at 4.30 a.m.,” said a senior official of the hospital.According to the official, the patient died of chikungunya with sepsis, a life-threatening illness caused by the body`s response to an infection. “This case was different. In this case the reports have revealed high titre positive, which means the strain of the chikungunya was very strong unlike before,” said the official.
The case was reported after All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had witnessed five deaths due to dengue and one from chikungunya since September 1, even as the premier hospital continues to get hundreds of patients suffering from the vector-borne diseases.

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