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Winter closes in but dengue persists

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 22, 2012
First Published: 00:45 IST(22/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(22/11/2012)

Even a week after Diwali, dengue cases continued to be reported from all parts of the Capital.

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Thirty-seven fresh cases of dengue were reported in Delhi on Wednesday, taking the number of people affected by the mosquito-borne disease this season to 1,799. Four dengue deaths have been reported so far this year.

“Usually 10-14 days is the incubation period for the disease to show up after a person is bitten. So even if we assume that smog and change in temperatures have reduced mosquito breeding, cases will continue to be reported for the next fortnight or so,” said Dr SP Byotra, chairman, department of medicine at Sir Gangaram Hospital.

“Although, we are seeing far fewer cases than what we were in September and early October. Slowly, the numbers will start showing a dip,” he said.

“Even we are getting fewer cases of dengue and numbers will come down as temperatures will drop further,” said a senior doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital.

All the new cases reported on Tuesday were from east, south and north Delhi municipal corporation areas.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation reported the maximum number of 679 cases, while 582 cases were detected from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area and 444 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Other cases were reported from the NDMC and Delhi cantonment areas.

So far, four persons have died in the Capital of dengue, which includes three minors and one full-term pregnant woman.

The Delhi health department, however, said the situation had been under control as there have not been many cases requiring blood transfusion, like in previous years.

“I have directed the civic agencies to continue domestic door-to-door checks for breeding all through the year as a precautionary measure. We have also asked them (the municipal corporations) to carry out fumigation persistently, till the time cases continue to be reported,” said Dr AK Walia, health minister.

Last year, 976 cases were reported and five deaths took place while in 2010, a total of 5,994 dengue cases and eight deaths were recorded in the Capital.


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