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Delhi: 30 dengue cases reported to agencies every day

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 19, 2013
First Published: 02:18 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:19 IST(19/9/2013)

The number of dengue cases is rising at an alarming rate in the Capital, with civic agencies reporting nearly 30 cases each day. The mosquito-borne viral infection has already crossed the 500 mark in the Capital, with 520 cases being reported till Wednesday.

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To tide over the outbreak-like situation, the civic agencies have strengthened their dengue surveillance and are taking strict action against those found neglecting residential or commercial properties and allowing mosquitoes to breed.

On Wednesday, the agencies released a cumulative data. Nearly 300 people were challaned in areas across the city, which included schools, Metro stations, government buildings and houses.

“We are on our toes and are doing everything we can to ensure there is no outbreak,” said Dr PK Sharma, director, medical officer (health), New Delhi Municipal Council.

According to the experts, this year Dengue-II strain is prevalent, which is known to be more virulent of the four strains.

“Our healthcare workers are alert and whenever there is a need, they are fogging areas where adult mosquito breeding has been found,” said Sharma.

With fogging as a method of controlling mosquito-breeding having come under scanner, the civic agencies claim they prefer taking anti-larval measures and use fogging only as a last resort.

“Our workers use anti-larvae sprays but an area where there is adult mosquito breeding, fogging is the best bet. It’s a call that the technical person takes,” he added.


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