With 1,337 fresh cases being registered in the past five days, the total number of dengue cases in Delhi has reached 12,020. Two more people succumbed to the disease in the same duration, taking the official toll to 32.
The municipal corporations of Delhi released latest dengue statistics, till October 15, on Thursday.
Of the 1,337 cases registered since Sunday, 852 are from Delhi and 485 from NCR states.
The total number of cases this year is almost three times of the 4375 cases that were reported during the same period in the 2010 outbreak.
Although the numbers being reported week on week has dipped a bit, the crisis is not over.
“The peak of this dengue season was observed almost three weeks ago, since then, the cases have come down. But, even now there is a steady inflow of patients so we cannot say that the outbreak is over,” said Dr Srikant Sharma, senior consultant physician at Moolchand Hospital.
Though the official toll is 32, according to an unofficial estimate by HT, there have been 46 deaths in the city due to dengue.
“Awareness is the key factor which has brought down the deaths due to dengue. The numbers are the same, the strains are the same, yet we were able to revive people who had even gone into the shock stage. At the slightest symptom, people got tested. They also ensured that they kept themselves hydrated,” said Dr SP Byotra, chairman of the department of medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Apart from the awareness, another reason is that hospitals are now better equipped to deal with dengue cases. It is mandatory for them to admit dengue patients and also the availability of platelets has increased, said Dr Sharma. “Now, people also know that they are not supposed to have pain killers, which had been a major cause of the deaths in 1996. I had written a paper about deaths due to bleeding during the ‘96 outbreak,” he said.