463 struggle with dengue fever in city
With 13 fresh cases of dengue fever reported on Tuesday, the total number of people affected with the disease in the city has reached 463.delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2011 23:39 IST
With 13 fresh cases of dengue fever reported on Tuesday, the total number of people affected with the disease in the city has reached 463.
Four people have succumbed to dengue so far this season.
The city, on an average, has been reporting about 10 new dengue cases everyday the last one month.
“This is the peak time for dengue, as the weather this time of the year is ideal for the breeding of disease-causing mosquitoes. We expect a couple of hundred more cases before winters begin and the disease dies out,” said Dr VK Monga, chairman, public health committee, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
According to MCD data, the central zone that has areas such as Greater Kailash-I, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar and Defence Colony, the south zone, with areas such as Vasant Kunj, Mehrauli and Saket, and Rohini zone have been reporting the maximum number of cases.
“We have started getting dengue cases in large numbers, but it is common in this weather as October and November are peak months for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. I see about 10 suspected dengue cases every day,” said a senior doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, requesting not to be identified.
The city has for the first time also reported five cases of Japanese Encephalitis. The mosquito-borne disease affects the brain and can lead to death.
Samples have been tested of pigs — which play host to the disease virus — and human beings in the affected areas to check its spread. “The situation is not alarming. We are taking steps to check its spread,” said Dr Monga.