Dengue has made a comeback in the Capital, though with a much milder strain.
The combined data from three Municipal Corporation's of Delhi (MCD), which maintains data of all vector-borne diseases, says that only 11 positive cases were registered this year. Even private hospitals, usually flooded with dengue and malaria cases around this time of the year, have not seen many hospitalisations so far.
Prominent private hospitals in the city have reported more than 150 cases of dengue since January this year. "The numbers are not very high this year. I have not seen more than one or two cases in a month and even those are of very mild strain," said SP Byotra, chairman, department of medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.The MCD defended its low count. "We do not count cases outside Delhi. Private hospitals often get cases from the NCR, which technically are not Delhi cases," said NK Yadav, health officer, department of public health, MCD.
"The low numbers could be because the rain this year got delayed. Since Delhi has seen only a week of good rains, the threat is still far from over," warned Dr RK Singal, head, internal medicine, BLK hospital.
"Most patients share symptoms with any other viral diseases that can be treated at home. Most cases are mild with no instances of bleeding, shock or other haemorrhagic tendencies," he added.
According to official figures, 132 malaria cases have been reported so far in the city as opposed to 108 last year. Also, six persons have tested positive for chikungunya and there has been no Japanese Encephalitis case reported so far.
"Protection from mosquitoes is the best way to avoid the disease. Avoid painkillers if you have high fever with body ache as most of them tend to lower the platelet count which could be fatal in case of dengue," said a doctor from the department of medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.