A 20-year-old woman from Sasihitlu, near Surathkal, who was a B.Com student, died of dengue here on Thursday night.

With this, two persons had died of dengue in the district this year.

According to District Surveillance Officer Rajesh B.V., 20-year-old Swapna had fever and was admitted to a private hospital in Mukka 10 days ago.

Later, she was shifted to a nursing home at Kudroli. She was in a critical state when she was brought to the Urban Medical Centre on the premises of Kasturba Medical College Ambedkar Circle on July 11.

Dr. Rajesh said Swapna died of multi-organ failure resulting from Dengue on Thursday night.

Swapna was a student of Besant Women's College. She was staying with her mother in Sasihitlu. Dr. Rajesh said that earlier a three-year-old girl from Bijapur Colony in Mulky had died of dengue in March.

Delay

There were protests outside the hospital when there was a delay in releasing the body of Swapna on Friday.

The hospital wanted the medical bill to be settled before releasing the body. Swapna's family could pay only part of the amount while Besant College Students Union managed to raise some funds.

As the hospital refused to release the body for not making full payment, activists of the Akhila Bharata Vidyarthi Parishad, and some autorickshaw drivers staged the protest.

Later, the hospital brought down the bill amount and Swapna's body was released in the evening.

According to an official release from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, there had been as many as 36 cases of dengue cases in the district since January.

There were 267 cases of dengue in 2010, the release said.

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