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Dengue cases on the rise in national capital

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At least nine dengue cases have been reported in national capital this year, as per latest municipal report.

A total of 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) last year, which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases in the city. The report further stated that every year capital witness stiff rise in dengue cases in the month of July till September.

Of the total number of dengue cases last year, as many as 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 cases were reported in November and 1,114 in October, the report said.

According to the latest report, a case was reported in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January this year.

People are advised by the doctors to take precautions ensuring that be breeding of mosquito larvae around them and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets.

“Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection-carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot, a doctor said.”

Civic bodies had also recently organised a workshop on the prevention of vector-borne diseases.

Mosquito-breeding has been reported from at least 8,546 households and 10,280 legal notices have been issued this year.

Of the total dengue cases last year, 374 were recorded in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January.

The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 of chikungunya were reported last year.

According to the SDMC, 10 people had died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital.

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