The family lives in the Mancherial District of Telangana.
Four family members died of dengue in the Mancherial District of Telangana within 15 days. The last victim was a 28-year-old woman who died on Wednesday – the day after giving birth at a hospital in Secundrabad.
28-year-old Soni suffered an injury related to the loss of three other family members during pregnancy. On Tuesday, she gave birth to a little boy in Secunderabad Yashodha Hospital and died the next morning.
Sonia Rajagattu's husband was the first victim of vector-borne illness in their family. Rajagattu worked as a teacher in a private school. Earlier this month, he complained of a high fever and was admitted to a hospital in the district. Three days later, on October 16, his condition worsened and doctors recommended moving him to Karimnagar, about 160 km from Hyderabad. He died along the way.
Sonia's grandfather, Lingaiah, suffering from Dengue, died five days later. Her daughter Sri Varshini died in Diwali. The family lives in the district headquarters.
Last week, the Supreme Court in Telangana heard petitions challenging official apathy in the fight against the dengue epidemic and limiting mosquito breeders. A two-person bench led by Chief Judge asked the government how the number of dengue cases increased from 85 in January to 3800 in October.
The bench further said that if the government does not control dengue, it should pay compensation of 50 lakh Rs to the families of those who have died of this disease, the IANS news agency said.
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