With onset of monsoon in national capital, number of malaria cases has gone up sharply, putting authorities on the tenterhook. According to a municipal report, at least 51 persons have been affected with malaria till June this year, three times the number of people affected with dengue reported in the same month.
The total number of malaria cases reported this year till July 6 stand at 60. There were 25 cases of the vector-borne disease recorded in June last year.
According to the report, this year 51 malaria cases were reported in June, eight in May, and one in April.
Of the total 26 dengue cases, 15 were reported in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in January and February. Twelve cases of chikungunya — two in February and one each in March, April and May, and seven in June — have been recorded, it said.
What precautions need to be taken?
Doctors have advised people to take precautions to ensure that there is no breeding of mosquito larvae around them.
They have urged people to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets.
Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there.
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Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December.
As the season for spread of vector-borne diseases has kicked in, the city government’s health department and local bodies are gearing up to check any possible outbreak of dengue, whose virus thrives during this period.