Even before the rainy season sets in, two cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital, but civic officials insist that the infection has been contracted from outside the city.
"Two patients admitted to Apollo Hospital and AIIMS have been tested positive for dengue," Municipal Health Officer, MCD, NK Yadav told PTI. These are the first confirmed case in the city this season.
However, Yadav maintained that these are not "indigenous" cases. "Both reside in Delhi. But one of them had gone to his native place in southern India while the other also went out on a vacation. They were hospitalised after coming back. The infection has been contracted from outside," he said.
Asked about reports that BJP's Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife has been admitted to Apollo Hospital with suspected dengue, Yadav said he has no information in this regard.
The city had reported three dengue deaths and over a thousand cases. The civic authorities have been concerned over the incidence of dengue this year as the city will host the Commonwealth Games in October, a month which generally witnesses prevalence of dengue cases.
MCD had this year preponed its insectoral meet with Delhi government, DJB, DMRC and other stakeholders on prevention of vector- and water-borne diseases by about two months in view of the Games.
It is is procuring 14 vehicle-mounted fogging machines and 247 hand-held pulse jet type thermal fogging machines to prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the city.