Indian hospitals warned not to turn away dengue patients

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Indian hospitals warned not to turn away dengue patients
An Indian woman covers herself as a municipal worker fumigates a residential area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Dengue outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. Many people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in the countryâs capital New Delhi this year. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A municipal worker fumigates a residential area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Dengue outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. Many people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in the countryâs capital New Delhi this year. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An Indian rickshaw driver sleeps under a plastic sheet to protect himself from mosquitoes in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Dengue outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. Many people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in the countryâs capital New Delhi this year. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An Indian homeless man sleeps under a net to protect himself from mosquitoes in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Dengue outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. Many people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in the countryâs capital New Delhi this year. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A woman undergoes a pin prick blood test for dengue at a fever clinic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. To tackle the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, the state government has set up 55 government-run special clinics called âFever and Dengue Clinicsâ to look after people coming with fever and suspected dengue complaints. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Usha Pandey with the complain of fever and joint pain, waits for rehydrating mix and other fever medications to be administered as her blood test report comes in, at a fever clinic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. To tackle the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, the state government has set up 55 government-run special clinics called âFever and Dengue Clinicsâ to look after people coming with fever and suspected dengue complaints. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Lab technician Ashok Kumar inspects a slide under a microscope to determine the platelet count of a patient at a fever clinic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. To tackle the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, the state government has set up 55 government-run special clinics called âFever and Dengue Clinicsâ to look after people coming with fever and suspected dengue complaints. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Doctor Saurabh Nagpurkar, left, checks the pulse of Usha Pandey with the complain of fever and joint pain, at a fever clinic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. To tackle the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, the state government has set up 55 government-run special clinics called âFever and Dengue Clinicsâ to look after people coming with fever and suspected dengue complaints. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
An Indian health worker distributes leaflets on a street in an awareness drive against the spread of dengue fever, a mosquito borne disease, in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Dengue outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. More than 11 people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in the countryâs capital New Delhi this year. Leaflet reads âan appeal from municipality to prevent dengue fever.â (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A dyed slide lies before being washed and seen under a microscope to determine the platelet count of a patient at a fever clinic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. To tackle the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, the state government has set up 55 government-run special clinics called âFever and Dengue Clinicsâ to look after people coming with fever and suspected dengue complaints. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
An Indian pathologist preserves blood samples collected from patients suffering from fever for analytical tests at Government Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
An Indian pathologist collects blood sample of a patient suffering from fever at Government Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
An Indian pathologist collects blood sample of a patient suffering from fever at Government Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Blood samples collected from patients, suspected to be suffering from dengue fever, are kept on a table to be entered into a register before sending to the pathology department at a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An Indian man suffering from fever waits to get examined by a doctor at a fever clinic for dengue run by a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An Indian pathologist collects blood sample of a woman suffering from fever at Government Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Relative of a person suffering from dengue fever waits to collect a blood report at a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A doctor checks patients suffering from dengue fever at a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An elderly woman explains the symptoms of her ailment to a doctor at a fever clinic in a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A doctor collects blood sample of a person to be tested for dengue fever at a fever clinic run by a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A patient, seen through the glass window, suffering from dengue fever recovers at a ward in a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
CORRECTS DESCRIPTION OF MAN - An Indian man, owner of the house, stands amidst rising smoke from anti-mosquito fumigation in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, is reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. However, this yearâs outbreak has been described as the worst in five years. Nearly 1,900 cases have been recorded in the city's hospitals. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A doctor looks at the blood report of a patient suffering from dengue fever at a government hospital in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A woman covers her face as a municipal worker fumigates a residential area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. New Delhi has been hit by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever. Nearly 1,900 cases have been recorded in the city's hospitals.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An Indian man folds mosquito net at a shop in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of the dengue fever in five years. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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NEW DELHI (AP) — As India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years, officials threatened Wednesday to cancel private hospitals' licenses if they turn away patients.

More than 11 people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in New Delhi this year and about 1,900 cases have been recorded at city hospitals.

The families of two young boys said they succumbed after being repeatedly denied treatment. The parents of one of the boys — an only child — reportedly killed themselves when he passed away after being rejected at five hospitals.

"No patient arriving at a hospital with dengue should be turned away," Health Minister Satyendra Jain told reporters.

He said he has ordered private hospitals in the capital to hire more doctors and increase the number of beds available for dengue patients. Hospitals have reported a shortage of beds and staff as they try to cope with the throngs of patients.

Dengue's symptoms include severe muscle and joint pain, high fever and rash. Its most acute forms can cause internal bleeding and death.

In many state-run hospitals, two patients were sharing each bed.

"There are 20,000 beds available. And we will increase the number of hospital beds by another 1,000 by this weekend," Jain said.

The health minister tried to calm people's fears that the outbreak was spreading rapidly, with more than 600 cases reported last week alone.

"It is not an epidemic. But people are panicking," Jain said.

Jain and New Delhi's top elected official, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have made "surprise" visits of government and private hospitals to check on their preparedness to deal with the outbreak.

State-run hospitals have canceled vacations for doctors and ordered them back to work.

The city government has also ordered laboratories to cap the cost of dengue fever tests at 600 rupees ($10) to prevent them from charging exorbitant fees.

Jain also advised people with milder forms of dengue to consult doctors, but to stay at home instead of adding to the burden of overstretched hospitals.

Teams of workers have fanned out across the city to spray insecticides on stagnant water collecting in puddles after recent monsoon rains.

Dengue is often seen as an urban disease with mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water. Outbreaks are reported every year after the monsoon season that runs from June to September. However, this year's outbreak has been described as the worst in five years.

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