Intermittent rain sends dengue numbers soaring in Delhi, 900 cases reported in a week
There has definitely been an increase in the number of cases of dengue and this could most likely be due to the intermittent rains in Delhi, said municipal officialsdelhi Updated: Sep 25, 2017 23:22 IST
Delhi hospitals reported around 900 dengue cases in the single week ending September 23. Of them, 288 were residents of Delhi, according to weekly data released by the municipal corporations on Monday.
This takes the total number of dengue cases to 3,109 this year, of which 1,465 are residents of Delhi. The other patients are from neighbouring states coming to Delhi hospitals for treatment.
This means only 47% of people treated in Delhi have contracted the viral infection within the state.
The Delhi government has been claiming that this year there has been a reduction in cases from Delhi. And though the percentage is lower, in terms of absolute numbers, more cases have been reported compared to last year.
In 2016, during the same period, a total of 1,692 cases had been reported in Delhi hospitals, of which 1,199 were Delhi residents.
In 2015, a dengue outbreak year for Delhi, 5,982 cases had been reported during the same period, of which 4,769 were Delhi residents.
“There has definitely been an increase in the number of cases of dengue and this could most likely be due to the intermittent rains in Delhi. Although, the numbers now seem higher than the previous year, the figures will balance out as we are hoping that there will be a decline in the number of cases in the next 15 or 20 days,” said a municipal health official on condition of anonymity.
To date, the corporations have reported only a single death due to dengue.
The report also shows that Delhi hospitals have also reported 954 cases of malaria, of which 457 people are Delhi residents. As for chikungunya, a total of 533 cases have been reported, of which 315 people are from Delhi.
No deaths related to malaria or chikungunya have been reported by the corporations.