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Dengue cases double in a week

Sidhartha Dutta and Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times   New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 03:27 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:42 IST(27/8/2013)

The number of dengue cases has doubled in the city in the past week, taking the total so far this year to 96.

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Data released by the three municipal corporations show that 42 new cases of dengue were reported in the Capital in the past seven days.

A health ministry statement said the Den II type of dengue virus was in circulation this year. It is considered to be deadlier than the Den I and III types.

At least 76 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported this month, which is a 20-fold increase year-on-year.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation reported 60 cases, while the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said around 17 people had been infected by the dengue virus. Three cases were registered by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, while the rest of the cases were reported by the New Delhi Municipal Council and from other areas of the national capital region.

Among the premier private hospitals in the city, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital registered 27 dengue cases in August, Apollo Hospital reported 26, and 25 have been recorded at Moolchand Medcity.

Mahinder Nagpal, the leader of the House at the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, said: “People don’t allow us to enter their homes to conduct inspections. There are many Delhi government projects under way for which there are dug-up portions and ditches in many places. When it rains, there is flooding in these places and they form prime breeding grounds.”

Leaders of the north and east Delhi civic bodies at their House meetings on Monday “took stock” of the scenario, while those of the south Delhi body were expected to question officials on the issue on Tuesday.

Delhi health minister Ashok Kumar Walia said: “The situation with regard to dengue and malaria should be closely monitored and we have to keep our preparedness at optimum level and ensure that hospital beds, testing kits, medicines and platelets are adequately available.”
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